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Summer Garden Concert Series

Dafnis Prieto-Si o Si Quartet (July 26 Jazz Concert II)

Peter Apfelbaum, Tenor and soprano saxophones,Percusion

Manuel Valera,Piano

Charles Flores,Bass

Dafnis Prieto, Drum

The arrival of Dafnis Prieto in the United States in 1999 has been compared by the New York Times to an asteroid hitting New York. In a short periodof time,the Cuban-born Artist's revolutionary drummingtechniqueshave had a powerful impacton both the Latin and the Jazz music scenes,locally and internationally.

As a young student at the School of Fine Arts in Santa Claraand later at the Natinal School of Music in Havana, Mr. Prieto obtaineda through classical education while broadening his knoledge of Afro-Cuban Music, Jazz, andworld music outside the academy. He first toured Europe with the Pianists Carlos Maza and Ramon Valle and the ground breaking group Columna B. After comingto NewYork, he played 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,Michael Camilo,Chucho Valdes,Claudia Acuña,Roy Hargrove,Don Byron,and Andrew Hill,among others.. He has performed at many national and internationalmusic festivalsas a sideman and as bandleader.

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Mr. Prieto has composed music for dance,film,chamber ensembles,and,most notably,his own bands,ranging from duos to his "small big band". These groups are featured on his acclaimed recordings as a leader, About the Monks, Absolute Quintet (both on Zoho Music),and the 2008 sextet album Taking the soul for a walk. which launched his own record label,Danifson Music. His next album will be a live recording by his new Si d Si Quartet, to be realesed this fall. Mr. Prieto composed the title track of the 2008 Grammy-winning album Song for Chico by Arturo O'farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra.

He has received commissions,grants,and fellowships from Chamber Music America,Jazz at Lincoln Center,East Carolina University,and Meet the Composer. His awards include "Up and Coming Musician of the year"by the Jazz journalista 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. A gifted educator, Mr. Prieto has conducted numerous master classes,clinics,and workshops. Since 2005,he has been a member of the music faculty of New York University.

All Abot Jazz has remarked, "Dafnis Prieto is easily the most impressive young drummer to come on the jazz scene during the past decade. Possesssing awesome virtuosity and astonishing versatility, Prieto has made important contributions are elaborate composites melding Afro-Cuban rhythms and modern jazz armonies into music that is ecstatic and intelligent. "The Latin Jazz Legend Eddie Palmieri wrote, "He is extraordinary, arhythmicstimulus. He comprehends the two most incredibly difficult rhythmic genres-being Cuban and extremly talented jazz drummer".

Mr. Prieto writes of this evening' performance: "I alwaysassociated the sound of the carnivals in Cuba with the sound of New Orleans music and its second line. That's why I decided to bring this open version of "Bla Bla Bla." which incorporates different time signatures and juxtaposes instrumental voices on top of this defined style."

 

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Credits: Texto extraido del 'Free Magazine" Summer Garden 2009(The Museum of Modern Art-Moma.org)

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