Dafnis Prieto

216 – Dafnis Prieto: Cuba’s expressive genius

Dafnis Prieto is a genius…and he has he credentials to prove it. After moving the United States from Cuba Dafnis has made quite a name for himself. He is also the recipient of awards, including the “2011 MacArthur Fellowship Award”, “Up & Coming Musician of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association in 2006, a Grammy Award 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 numerous master classes, clinics, and workshops throughout the world. Dafnis was a faculty member of Jazz studies at NYU from 2005 to 2014, and in 2015 became a faculty member of Frost School of Music at UM (University of Miami).

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Dafnis Prieto talks about:

  • Growing up and playing music in Cuba
  • His first experiences with Jazz
  • Interpretation Latin music
  • Developing syncopation
  • The MacArthur Fellowship Award (He and Max Roach are the only two drummers who have ever won it)
  • His new book, A World of Rhythmic Possibilities
  • Much more

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Dafnis Prieto Plays:

  • Yamaha Drums
  • Sabian Cymbals
  • Evans Drumheads
  • Vic Frith Drumsticks
  • LP Percussion

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