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Wednesday November 14, 2018

From Berklee College of Music

BGJI Cofounds International Association to Advance Jazz
By: Sophie Maricq

Five prestigious music programs have formed a new international organization to prepare young musicians to become jazz ambassadors in and beyond their communities. The Global Association for Interconnective Arts (GAIA)’“comprising the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School, the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, and Siena Jazz Academy’“will explore, define, and implement new ways of educating music students.

Led by Danilo Pérez, BGJI aritstic director, and representatives from the other schools, the GAIA’s primary goal is to create of a new cultural ecosystem to nurture sustainable careers for future generations of artists across the globe. “Our hope is that the GAIA will foster an international platform that inspires young artists to find adventurous proposals of great pedagogical, artistic, and social significance, helping us rise to the challenge of living in peace with dignity, justice, and freedom,” said Pérez.

In addition to touring, the GAIA will offer a dynamic learning environment with opportunities for active social engagement. Students will visit hospitals and refugee centers as representatives of a musical community that connects and heals. ‘Through awareness and empowerment we motivate our students to find their own identity and realize their full potential as musicians, global thinkers, and world citizens,’ said Pérez. ‘We will offer them perspectives that transcend categorization and stereotypes, while fostering a learning environment where fulfilling artistic, social, and intellectual experiences interconnects and shapes the personality of a new global musician.’

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