New UNESCO Artist for Peace will use music to promote social changeListen /
Renowned musician and composer Danilo Pérez has thrilled audiences around the world with his distinctive Pan-American jazz.
And now the pianist, who directs the Berklee Jazz Music Institute, will use his prestige as a musician and humanitarian in his new role as an Artist for Peace with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Pérez has a foundation which provides music programmes to children living in extreme poverty in his home country, Panama, and he wants to reach more youngsters throughout Latin America and Africa.
Dianne Penn spoke on the line to Paris to Danilo Pérez shortly after the ceremony held to introduce him as the latest UNESCO Artist for Peace.