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Chilean saxophonist Patricia Zarate has worked and studied in the music industry jazz studies, music therapy and ethnomusicology; has taught private saxophone Instruction as a Teaching Assistant at Howard University in Washington DC, and Ethnomusicology at University of Maryland.

She has published music therapy articles in the Journal of Medicine of Chile, Journal of Pediatrics of Chile, Medical Journal of Panama, worked as music therapy intern at the New Hampshire Psychiatric Hospital, and in January of 2013 founded the 1st Latin American Music Therapy Symposium in Panama City.

As a professional saxophonist she has performed with a variety of bands in diverse settings in USA, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe and in places such as Havana Jazz Festival, San Salvador Jazz Festival, Paris Conservatory, Lincoln Center (NYC), among others, and currently works as Outreach Coordinator (and is a member of the Advisory Board) for the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (at Berklee College of Music). Zarate has studied at Berklee College of Music, New York University, University of Maryland, Howard University, and Harvard University. She has presented her research about “Music as a Tool for Social Change” in USA, Latin America, and Europe. Some of her mentors include Jackie MacLean, Jerry Bergonzi, and her life has been deeply impacted by the musical and non musical lessons of Wayne Shorter.

She currently performs with her group and as guest saxophonist in her husband’s band the Danilo Perez Trio. She lives in Quincy, MA with him and their 3 homeschooled children.