20.02.2014 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

Danilo Perez, a UNESCO Artist for Peace, to participate in the First Festival “Chile Jazz for Peace”

Danilo Perez. Photo: Official website http://daniloperez.com/

The festival will travel to various boroughs of the Metropolitan Region, and the program includes six concerts, six lectures and three jam sessions. Admission is free of charge.

The Grammy winner and UNESCO Artist for Peace, Danilo Peréz, will open on March 1 at the Municipal Theatre of Maipú, Chile, the first version of the “Chile Jazz for Peace” festival, which shall deliver a message of hope and fraternity through the universal language of Jazz. It will take place between 1 and 7 March 2014.

The festival is produced by the non-profit entity “Association of Friends of Orion Lion" and is supported by UNESCO, the Chilean National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO , the Berklee Global Jazz Institute ( BGJI ) of which Danilo Pérez is artistic director, and the Danilo Perez Foundation.

This cultural space brings together internationally established artists with new generations of Chilean artists under the concept of “Music as a change agent” that will inspire concerts and master classes. These will be offered, among others, by teachers of one of the most prestigious musical institutions in the world: the "Berklee Global Jazz Institute” of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. These lectures are free and will be held in the premises of the Gabriela Mistral (GAM) Cultural Centre Modern School of Music and the Academy of Music (c) Projazz.

Among the international artists will feature the Ensemble "Berklee Global Jazz Institute," involving young musicians from Brazil, Korea, USA, Italy, Panama, Puerto Rico and South Africa, delivering an edgy, unique and multicultural proposal. This ensemble will be joined by the noted Italian saxophonist Marco Pignataro and musician therapist Patricia Zarate.

Other artists

Besides the Chilean flamenco guitar virtuoso Andrés Hernández Pituquete based in Seville, and the Altazor Prize winner and Hard-Bop guitarist Jorge Diaz, who will lead a trio with young musicians, who create on stage, evoking the spirit of jazz will be present improvisation. The young singer -songwriter Paulina Perez and the band also added “Huaynot” who recently participated in the Eleventh Panama Jazz Festival and will stage its proposal that melts the “nortino” folklore of Chile with Jazz.

Closing this national cast, the artistic director of the festival, Orion Lion, will present his work premiered in the USA in November 2013, with his quartet “Jazz 4tet Chile Orion Lion."

The UNESCO Associated School “Maison de l’Enfance”, from the Peñalolen borough, will house the musicians Orion Lion and Cristian Alvarez, who will gather with children from sixth through eighth grade from that school and the La Fontaine academy.  The jazz players will be accompanied by other five musicians  and will play for the children, along with giving a lecture on the jazz Orchestra, its instruments and uses, and on how to develop creativity through music. 

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The activity is also carried out with input from Panama Jazz Productions, and nationally the label Animal Way and Jazz Festival Buin, who conducted parallel and outreach activities in conjunction with this festival

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