28.03.2018 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

UNESCO’s Santiago office invites the public to the Third Jazz for Peace Festival 2018: music as a change agent

• Students, musicians and the general public are welcome to participate in the free activities to be carried out during the three-day festival. A special invitation is extended to all who wish to attend the three concerts in Santiago, Chile, with free admission.

The UNESCO office in Santiago and the Association of Friends of Orion Lion, in collaboration with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, the Instituto Profesional Escuela Moderna de Música y Danza (EMM), and the foundation of UNESCO Artist for Peace Danilo Pérez, extend an invitation to participate in the third edition of the Chile Jazz for Peace Festival to be held between April 12 and 14, 2018 in Santiago, Chile. The celebration forms part of the activities to commemorate International Jazz Day celebrated every April 30th around the world.

The Chile Jazz for Peace Festival takes place every two years. This event brings together international artists and teachers from Berklee College of Music, one of the most influential arts schools in the United States. Danilo Pérez, a jazz musician and UNESCO Artist for Peace will be present again at this third edition of the festival. His foundation offers outreach music programs for children living in extreme poverty in Panama.

This year’s festival celebrates music as a catalyzer of change in society. As part of the activities of International Jazz Day, the festival seeks to raise awareness about the virtues of jazz music as an educational tool and driving force for peace, unity, dialogue and strengthening cooperation between peoples. This is because jazz is not just a musical style, but it also contributes to building more inclusive societies.

Register for the festival’s academic activities

For three days, the Instituto Profesional Escuela Moderna de Música y Danza (EMM) will be the epicenter of the academic activities of the festival, comprised of six master classes that are free of charge and open to the community, to be held at Luis Pasteur 5303, Vitacura, Santiago, Chile. The classes are for all students or musicians who wish to participate in the ensembles with maestros from the Danilo Pérez Foundation. To register, fill in the form on the web site of the Chile Jazz for Peace Festival at: www.chilejazzporlapaz.com.

Classes will begin on Thursday, April 12 at 12.30 p.m. with the lecture on “International Cultural Management”, presented by renowned national musician and former teacher of the Modern School, Orion Morales. Later, at 2.30 p.m., United States artist Aaron Holthus will teach his class “Walking Jazz Bass”, closing the first day of presentations.

On Friday, April 13 at 12.30 p.m., Chilean teacher Patricia Zárate, who lives in the United States and is the executive director of the Panama Jazz Festival, will start off the day with a lecture on “Music Performance Therapy”. Then, at 2.30 p.m., Polish drummer Sebastian Kuchczynski will teach a class on “Percussion Dissociation”.

On Saturday, April 14, the ambassadors of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute will kick off the cycle of lectures with the master class “Improvisation – Zero Gravity”, to start at 12.30 p.m. The presentations that day will close with Polish artist Malwina Masternak, also from Berklee, with a lecture at 2.30 p.m. on “Voice Melody”.

Concerts (open to the community with free admission)
Three double concerts will be held that will put into practice the work taught during the three days of classes.

Inaugural Concert
Thursday, April 12, 8 p.m.
Patricia Zárate & Ensemble for Peace, Modern School Ensemble
Venue: Auditorio Citerior, Marcoleta 659, Metro Santa Lucía 

Gala Concert
Friday, April 13, 8 p.m.
Orion Lion and Orchestra, Marco Pignataro (Italy) and Berklee Global Jazz          Venue: Aula Magna Policía de Investigaciones de Chile, Av. Gladys Marín 5783, Estación Central

Closing Concert
Saturday, April 14, 7 p.m.
Luis Carlos Pérez Ensemble (Panama), Carlos Agrazal Ensemble (Panama), Alix Goffic Ensemble (French Guyana - France).
Venue: Patio Bellavista, Barrio Bellavista  

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The first edition of the Chile Jazz for Peace Festival was held in March 2014, organized by the Association of Friends of Orion Lion and supported by OREALC/UNESCO Santiago. It reached an estimated audience of 3,800 people.

During this Festival, the program of free activities took place in several districts of Santiago, under the concept of “Music as a change agent.” The Panamanian pianist and Grammy winner, Danilo Pérez, performed along with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute from Boston, USA.

The second edition of the Chile Jazz for Peace Festival, held in May 2016, included artists from the United States, Israel, Panama and Chile.

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