Danilo Perez receives Medal of Jerusalem

Usonica: March 21, 2014

The Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez was awarded yesterday to the "Jerusalem Medal" in recognition of his contribution to music and peace. The ceremony was held at City Hall at a meeting of the Committee on Culture of the City.

DaniloPerez, 49 years old, is an artist for peace by UNESCO and cultural ambassador of the Republic of Panama, he studied music at the Berklee College of Music, is founder of the Panama Jazz Festival and started playing at three years accompanied by his father (also a musician). Perez is considered one of the wonders of modern jazz piano, who throughout his career has played with numerous jazz musicians frontline.

In this regard, Perez recalled his first contact with Israel in 1999, a trip during which claims to have felt "a tremendous connection has grown stronger day by day." "I do not expect this is a very nice (...) gesture is always a liability than having a prize, it's a wonderful thing," he said at the ceremony, adding a reflection on the importance of "being present and bring the message that music serves as a platform for peace "because" is one of the most effective ways to practice diplomacy tools, and are here to offer ideas and perhaps develop joint to a peaceful future projects, and eventually provide stability in this country. "

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