Danilo Pérez’s Global Messengers
Change and uncertainty in the social landscape can create misconception and cause division. Music can serve as a natural remedy to unfortunate situations, providing an uplifting message, connection and common ground. Danilo Pérez’s Global Messengers project advances a mission which is wholly relevant today. When discussing the healing properties of music, the Panamanian jazz pianist, humanitarian and educator speaks of ‘recovering the function of the artist as a tool to redirect humanity in a positive direction.’ The Global Messengers came to fruition through the culture and experiences of its members, hailing from the United States, Palestine, Greece, Jordan, and Panama. Farayi Malek (vocals), Vasilis Kostas (laouto), Layth Al-Rubaye (violin), Naseem Alatrash (cello), Tareq Rantisi (percussion), and Pérez use their talents to make an impression through beautiful melodies and strikingly syncopated rhythms. This music and performance have a rare ability to take an audience to experience the ancient practice of building community through music.
One of the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time, Pérez blends his Panamanian roots with elements of jazz, Latin American folk music, European impressionism, African rhythms, and other traditions from around the world. Worldwide success both as a bandleader and with the Wayne Shorter Quartet has lead Danilo to two Grammy awards, five nominations, and fifteen albums. Pérez also serves as a UNESCO Artist For Peace, Cultural Ambassador to the Republic of Panama, Founder and Artistic Director of the Panama Jazz Festival, as well as Founder and Artistic Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Winner of the United States Artists’ Fellowship Award for his unique contributions to the field, his music and performance has made a considerable mark on the jazz genre.