MARQUETTE – The Danilio Perez Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Kaufman Auditorium. The concert is part of the Northern Michigan University Performing Arts Series.
Originally from Panama, Danilio Perez is a pianist and composer. He has earned three Grammy nominations and is internationally recognized for his blending of North American jazz with African-based rhythms of the Caribbean and South America.
Perez started his musical studies at age three with his father, a bandleader and singer. By age 10, he was studying the European classical piano at Panama’s National Conservatory. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in electronics, Perez moved to the United States and continued his education at the Berklee College of Music.
In 1993, Perez focused on ensembles and recording projects, and released his first album, Danilo Perez. He has recorded three more albums since then, which have accumulated awards such as the Jazziz Critics Choice Award.
Perez is currently the ambassador of goodwill for UNICEF, cultural ambassador of Panama, president of the Panama Jazz Festival, and faculty of New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music. The other members of his trio are Ben Street and Adam Cruz, who have been working with him for more than two years.
Tickets in advance are $3 for NMU students with ID, $14 for NMU faculty/staff, and $15 for the general public. At the door, prices will go up by $2. Tickets can be purchased at any EZ ticket outlet, online at www.nmu.edu/tickets, or by phone at 227-1032. Reserved seating is available.