Pianist Danilo Perez, who’s also artistic director of Berklee College of Music’s Global Jazz Institute, was named a UNESCO Artist for Peace in Paris yesterday. The UN cited Perez’s efforts to promote music outreach programs for children living in extreme poverty.
Here’s what a Berklee press release had to say about it:
The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization describes Artists for Peace as “internationally renowned personalities who use their influence, charisma, and prestige to help promote UNESCO’s message.”
… In addition to his performing career, Perez directs the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, where he developed an innovative educational curriculum based on his concept of “inter-connective learning.” This concept creates opportunities for students to experience and practice social change through music. He presides over the Danilo Perez Foundation in his native country of Panama, which provides outreach music programs to children of extreme poverty, and is the artistic director of the Panama Jazz Festival.
For more information, visit http://www.daniloperez.com