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Dr. Petr Janata, PhD Dr. Petr Janata, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the Center for Mind and Brain at UC Davis. With a background in psychology and neuroscience from his undergraduate years at Reed College and graduate school years at the University of Oregon, Petr has studied a variety of phenomena having to do with music and the brain. He uses a variety of methods, ranging from computational modeling through behavior and neuroimaging. Recent projects have focused on music-evoked autobiographical memories (MEAMs), the state of “being in the groove,” and spiritual experiences associated with music. Besides studying fundamental aspects of brain function in the context of musical experiences, Janata has also extended his research to “real world” situations such as assisted living facilities.

Ian Clayton Ian Clayton comes from the proud mining community of Featherstone, Yorkshire. While his grandfather spent his working days underground digging out coal, Ian spends his days mining for stories, drawing on rich seams of imagination and memory in his own mind and encouraging others to do the same.

As a writer, story teller and broadcaster, Ian’s work is rooted in a deep appreciation and respect for the voice of the common people. Through television, radio or the written word, his curiosity, enthusiasm and ability to tell a story have endeared him to many. He has interviewed the rich and famous, the unknown and fascinating. He has helped put on an opera in a prison and led creative writing workshops with people of all ages.

A lover of books, films and music, Ian gathers around him the stories, insights, humour, spirit and wisdom that holds communities together and then shares them through his work. Amongst other things he is a recognised authority on the life and works of Billie Holiday, has a fondness for the comedy songs of George Formby and aspires to play blues harmonica like Jimmy Reed. [ ]

Andy KershawSince childhood, Andy Kershaw has held an obsessive curiosity about the world. At heart a lover of music with a journalistic spirit Andy is directly responsible for broadening the minds, record collections and horizons of countless people. Over a thirty year career, he has presented Live Aid to a global audience of almost 2 billion people, worked for the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen, introduced the world to the music of people such as Ali Farka Touré and Ted Hawkins, made radio documentaries from the three so-called ‘Axis of Evil’ countries, amassed a record collection that weighs seven tons and won more Sony Radio awards than any other broadcaster. He has visited 97 countries and as a foreign correspondent, filed numerous reports for BBC Radio 4 including being one of the few journalists present during the Rwanda genocide. As a writer, broadcaster and journalist, Andy has always practiced what he preaches, living out the belief that curiosity, enthusiasm and energy are good allies in the search for a colourful life. Widely regarded as one of Britain’s finest broadcasters, Andy’s work continues to inform and delight audiences around the world. [ ]

Michelle Lazar Michelle Lazar, MA, MT-BC, is founder and director of San Diego-based Coast Music Therapy, specializing in services to toddlers and school-aged children with special needs. Coast Music Therapy has provided service to over 1000 students since 1999 within both school and clinic settings. In addition to her music therapy background, Michelle is an Autism Specialist, having completed her graduate studies at San Diego State University with a specialization in autism and applied behavior analysis. Michelle is also the founder of Tuned in to Learning, which offers music-assisted learning curriculum designed for special education.

Michelle has provided workshops and lectures nationwide for organizations including the Autism Society of America, the International Rett Syndrome Foundation, and the American Music Therapy Association. She has served the San Diego community extensively through her charitable work with the San Diego Autism Society, Autism Tree Project Foundation, Art Enables, The Salk Institute, and COMPASS Center. Michelle was named 2007 Volunteer of the Year by the Combined Health Agencies and San Diego Autism Society for her efforts. [ ]

John Paul Lederach, PhDJohn Paul Lederach, PhD is Professor of International Peacebuilding at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and is widely known for his pioneering work on conflict transformation. Lederach is involved in conciliation work in Colombia, the Philippines and Nepal, and countries in East and West Africa. He has helped design and conduct training programs in 25 countries across five continents.

He is the author of When Blood and Bones Cry Out: Journeys Through the Soundscape of Healing and Reconciliation, The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace, The Journey Toward Reconciliation, Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies and Preparing for Peace: Confliction Transformation Across Cultures.

Lederach holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado.

Youla Pompilus-TouréYoula Pompilus-Touré’s love of words, pursuit of ways to deepen people’s and her own capacity for compassion, connection and action, and her experience engaging with diverse communities make her an enthusiastic supporter of the SongStream project.

Youla has channelled her concerns about justice and building connections through work with a range of grassroots and international organisations engaged in humanitarian emergencies, post-conflict peacebuilding, cross-cultural collaboration and reducing gender-based violence. In a volunteer and professional capacity, she has facilitated opportunities for representatives of UN member states, civil society and academia to dialogue on issues of interest, promoted participation of crisis-affected people in recovery programs, and supported spaces for survivors of sexual violence to share their story.

Youla earned a Masters’ degree from the University of Bradford Department of Peace Studies, and a Bachelor's degree from McGill University's Faculty of Management.


Pádraig Ó Tuama Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet, theologian and group worker from Cork on the south coast of Ireland. Following a nomadic decade, Pádraig settled in Belfast where, for the past nine years he has used elements of faith, poetry, hope and truthtelling for the purpose of helping individuals tell some of their experiences of living through the Irish conflict in a way that builds curiosity and connections through simple story.

Pádraig's poetry explores the meaningful in the everyday, as well as putting some words to the wordlessness of meaninglessness. Seeking to give small lenses into everyday experiences of loneliness, hope, exile and joy, his poems are accessible and powerful. Both on the written page and in his compelling performances, his poems speak of big truths by telling small stories of humanity.

Much of Pádraig's public dialogue work has centered around improving the tone of public discourse around Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender lives and stories. A gay man himself, Pádraig uses skills in poetry, theology and mediation to nurture connections where fruitless and predictable arguments can be transformed into dignified and dignifying human encounters.

Together with his partner, Pádraig runs Tenx9, a monthly storytelling event in Belfast. This event brings people together to tell real stories from their lives. Each month has a theme and the simple format has proven popular with audiences in Ireland and Britain. [ ]

Tom Woodhouse, PhDTom Woodhouse, PhD is the Director of the Centre for Conflict Resolution within the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford. Over four decades he has written extensively on subjects ranging from peacekeeping through to the role of pioneers in the field such as Elise Boulding and Adam Curle. He has developed and delivered Masters level courses and research programmes all around the world and sits on the editorial board of the journal International Peacekeeping, and of the Journal of Conflictology. He is also a member of the Council of the Conflict Research Society. His main publications include Contemporary Conflict Resolution (Polity Press 2011, with Oliver Ramsbotham and Hugh Miall) which is now widely used at leading universities and by those seeking to influence policy on peace and conflict related issues.

In recent years his main research area has been on the relationship between popular culture, sport and peacebuilding. He has written articles on of the role of football as a vehicle for peace in Cote D’Ivoire and also on the role of culture in peacebuilding. He is working with the FC Barcelona Foundation and the Open University of Catalonia on a new Masters degree in Sport and Peacebuilding. He is delighted to be in a position to combine his professional interest in peace and conflict with a lifelong love of music and sport.

Maria YraceburuMaria Yraceburu is a diiyin/Lightning Shaman, an Elder, a Wisdomkeeper, a teacher and a traditional healer. Born into a lineage of shamans and trained from early childhood by her grandfather Apache Juan Ten Bears Yraceburu, her work is centered on the ancient oral traditions of the Apache Tlish diyan teachings and practices of Indigenous Earth.

Maria has spoken at conferences and panels such as the United Nation's Dialouge on Peace and the 21st Millennium Congress and Advisor to the Song Stream project. Her work has taken her all over the United States and she is honored and respect by Elders from around the world. She is the author of eight books, and founder of Taanaashkaada Sanctuary Earth Wisdom Learning Center.