Artist, educator, and cultural manager, José Soto is founder of the Fundación Armonía Colectiva and the FIJAZZ Costa Rica international jazz festival. With a goal of creating socially aware music that betters society, he experiments with classical music, Latin American music, and jazz. His music studies took him to the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, New England Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, and the Global Jazz Institute Master’s program. Soto helped found the Danilo Perez Foundation Children’s Program in Panama, where he taught for two years. In Costa Rica, he worked as a teacher at several respected institutions. Soto has performed in many national and international jazz festivals in Latin America, the USA and Europe. He aims to promote new musical experiences for audiences by exploring a variety of sounds.