On my first leg of the Art is Power Latin America Tour, I spent a month in Panama connecting with artists and activists from all persuasions. Of the most inspirational interviews, was my sit-down with The Panama Jazz Festival’s founder, globally acclaimed Pianist, Jazz Composer, humanitarian, and UNESCO’s Artist for Peace, Danilo Perez. Here is a quote from that interview:
music provides opportunity, especially creative improvisation, provides opportunity for the individuals to learn about respect, discipline, team work. Developing the self-esteem, developing their own ideas, but when they improvise they have to respect the other ideas. They have to work together, and in doing that, they learn a lot of important, efficient, practical behaviors, that are the key component of sustainable citizens.
For a really great video about the Work of Danilo Perez and his wife Patricia, check out this link: http://www.daniloperez.com/about-danilo2