The Panama Suite is a fifteen minute, three-movement composition that combines urban sounds with Panamanian folkloric elements in a big band setting. It embodies the sound of the next generation of Latino musicians and represents the opening of geographical borders, and the opening of the new mind. This state of mind demands both innovation and respect for tradition, with the hope that by exercising creative freedom the human species will find peace, truth and justice.
The recording of The Panama Suite was made possible by a collaboration between two of the world's most renowned musical institutions and Boston neighbors: Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory. On June 9th of 2006, led by Danilo Perez, music professors and students, recording engineers and assistants all joined forces in Berklee Studio A to perform and record this challenging composition.
Participating in this project will give you the ultimate insight into the recording of the Panama Suite. You will be given access to exclusive behind the scenes photo galleries, rehearsals, and videos relating to the suite.
All proceeds of this project are donated to the Danilo Perez Foundation in order to provide educational activities throughout the year.