Dafnis Prieto

From Santa Clara, Cuba, Dafnis Prieto’s revolutionary drumming techniques and compositions have had a powerful impact on the Latin and Jazz music scene, nationally and internationally.

Various awards include a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship, Up & Coming Musician of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association in 2006, a GRAMMY nomination for Absolute Quintet as Best Latin Jazz Album, and a Latin GRAMMY nomination for Best New Artist in 2007. Also a gifted educator, Prieto has conducted master classes, clinics, and workshops throughout the world. He was a faculty member of Jazz Studies at NYU from 2005 to 2014, and in 2015 became a faculty member at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.

Since his arrival to New York in 1999, Prieto has worked in bands led by Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, Eddie Palmieri, Chico and Arturo O’Farrill, Dave Samuels and The Caribbean Jazz Project, Jane Bunnett, D.D. Jackson, Edward Simon, Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdés, Bebo Valdés, Roy Hargrove, Don Byron, and Andrew Hill, among others. He has performed at many national and international music festivals as a sideman and as a bandleader featuring several of his own projects and music.

As a composer, he has created music for dance, film, chamber ensembles, and most notably for his own bands, ranging from duets to big band, and including the distinctively different groups featured on seven acclaimed recordings as a leader: About The Monks, Absolute Quintet, Taking the Soul For a Walk, Si o Si Quartet: Live at Jazz Standard, Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio, Triangles and Circles, and Back to the Sunset. He has received commissions, grants, and fellowships from Chamber Music America, Jazz at Lincoln Center, East Carolina University, and Meet the Composer. In 2016 Prieto published the critically acclaimed drumming instructional book, A World of Rhythmic Possibilities: Drumming Lessons and Reflections on Rhythms.

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May 16, 2012

Debut Release from Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio

May 09, 2012

Jazz This Week: Dafnis Prieto, Bobby Watson, New Music Circle Showcase,...

May 06, 2012

STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Dafnis Prieto

May 05, 2012

Debut Release from Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio - Coming July 17, 2012

November 16, 2011

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Announces Grant to Newport Festivals...

October 27, 2011

Exploring Dafnis Prieto, 2011 MacArthur Fellow: Prieto as Composer

October 20, 2011

Exploring Dafnis Prieto, 2011 MacArthur Fellow: Prieto as Sideman

October 19, 2011

Exploring Dafnis Prieto, 2011 Macarthur Fellow: Prieto as Bandleader

September 21, 2011

Two for the Show Media Artist Dafnis Prieto Named Macarthur Fellow.

September 20, 2011

MacArthur 'genius' grants go to cellist, architect, jazz musician

October 07, 2009

Marsalis Berklee Jams Continues with Dafnis Prieto Si O Si Quartet

July 28, 2009

From Babble to Rhythm, Cuban Style

May 20, 2009

Dafnis Prieto: Upcoming Performances

February 24, 2009

Dafnis Prieto Si O Si Quartet Live at the Jazz Standard -Live Recording

September 15, 2008

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Launches Free Jazz...

September 08, 2008

Invitation to New York Public Library Duke Jazz Series Opening Concert...

May 18, 2008

Album of the Week: Taking the Soul for a Walk, Dafnis Prieto Sextet

April 22, 2008

Dafnis Prieto Absolute Quintet at Merkin Concert Hall - April 28th, 2008

March 15, 2008

Dafnis Prieto Launches Dafnison Music with New CD "Taking the Soul for...

March 15, 2008

Taking an Independent Path - Dafnis Prieto on Video

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