Seattle-area singer songwriter David Duvall is celebrating his 60th birthday and the release of two new CDs with a live concert in Kirkland to benefit marginalized populations.
The Kanreki Concert begins at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19 at the Kirkland Performance Center, with proceeds benefiting the Jewish Voice for Peace/Network Against Islamophobia and the Organization for Refuge Asylum & Migration.
The concert will feature a number of special guest vocalists and a collection of Seattle-area jazz and rock musicians. The program will include excerpts from Duvall’s latest CDs plus a few socially relevant songs from decades past.
The cost for the event is $25 for choice tickets, $35 for prime tickets and $10 for youth tickets.
The concert is co-sponsored by Seattle Indivisible, a grassroots organization whose agenda includes defeating the uptick in Islamophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment stoked by the hatred and fear mongering by the current presidential administration, according to a press release.
The NAI is a project of Jewish Voice for Peace and was created to serve as a resource to, and work with, the organization’s chapters and other groups interested in organizing against Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism, the release states.
“I’d really like to contribute to alleviating the fear that spawns the unnecessary hatred and bigotry of all people, but right now it seems our immediate attention needs to be given here,” Duvall said in the release. “I was so impressed with one organized religion’s efforts to work towards the greater understanding of another religion. I wish there were more of that.”
ORAM was founded in 2008 and specializes in the protection of vulnerable refugees, including LGBTI refugees, according to the release. The organization’s work enables the international community to protect asylum seekers, safeguarding the integrity of the international refugee protection system.
“It’s so important to remember that we are not just U.S. citizens but global citizens as well,” Duvall said in the release. “As a member of the LGBT community, I have been growing increasingly concerned not just for maintaining equality in our own nation, but for doing what we can to aid those in need of fleeing nations where they still face imprisonment or death for living as who they are. I wanted to use half of this concert’s proceeds to help this cause as well. I yearn for a more Roddenberry-esque planet where everyone has the freedom to be who they are.”