The Pursuit Of Harmony
More than music...this is the story of an unlikely friendship, of hope...and possibility.
In the Spring of 2009, American songwriter, Michael Hunter Ochs, visited the Middle East for the first time. Michael happens to be Jewish. On his very first night in Ramallah he met Alaa Alshaham, an award-winning peace activist and poet. Alaa happens to be a Palestinian Muslim. Although the two found harmony in their music and an increasing openness in their dialogue, they quickly realized that their historically divided people don’t know each other at all. They’ve been dedicated to changing this status quo ever since.
“Our heartfelt appreciation to everyone, from the West Bank to the West Coast, who has invited us into your communities, your homes, and your hearts. And to new fellow travelers, about to take your first step in The Pursuit Of Harmony…welcome!” -Michael and Alaa
“THROUGH WISE WORDS AND INCREDIBLE MUSIC THEY SHOW US THE VERY PATH AHEAD THAT SEEMS TO ELUDE POLITICIANS AND DIPLOMATS THESE DAYS. THEY DESERVE A WIDE, GLOBAL AUDIENCE.”
— Dr. Henrik Syse, Member Of The Norwegian Nobel Committee, Research Professor Peace Research Institute Oslo