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"Music has a social power and can affect communities," Pérez said. "We're encouraging the student to be more active in the world not just as a performer, but also as a citizen. And in the process they learn more about themselves and about humanity, and that will be expressed in their music."

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) Jazz Masters Series featuring Danilo Perez

Featuring: Danilo Perez - piano
Sofia Rubino - voice
Zach Giberson - tenor
Lihi Haruvi - alto
Alex Hargreaves - violin
Caili O'Doherty - piano
Spencer Stewart - bass
Isaac Haselkorn - drums
Sergio Martinez - percussion

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is proud to present this series of concerts featuring some of world’s most talented emerging artists. Each of these concerts will be dedicated to the music of the Artist in Residence they are working with at that time. Tonight’s program will be feature Danilo Perez and his music.

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.

The Grammy Award–winning pianist and composer Danilo Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. In just over a decade, his distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz, covering the music of the Americas, folkloric, and world music, has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences. Whether leading his own ensembles or touring with renowned jazz masters (Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacy), Pérez is making a decidedly fresh imprint on contemporary music, guided, as always, by his love for jazz. Born in Panama in 1965, Pérez went to Berklee in the 1980s and has led his own groups since the early 1990s. As a bandleader, he has earned three Grammy nominations for his ebullient and innovative recordings. Pérez serves as the ambassador of goodwill for Unicef, cultural ambassador of Panama, president and founder of the Panama Jazz Festival, and a faculty member at Berklee College of Music. He has worked as a music educator for more than 20 years.

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