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Grammy/latin grammy-nominated composer, bandleader, percussionist — and macarthur "genius" fellow extraordinaire — Dafnis Prieto is set to wow the reno jazz festival. See Dafnis' website

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"Superb... Exciting... Incredible... 4 Stars... Masterful... Trail-blazing... Worldclass... Unforgettable... Irrepressible... Extraordinary... Cuban Drumming Phenom... Put This On The 'best Of The Year' List Now!"

— Comments about dafnis prieto from downbeat, jazziz, bass musician, glide, huffington post and the new york times

Drummer, Composer, Bandleader, Educator And 2011 Macarthur “genius” Fellow, Dafnis Prieto Gathers Superlatives Wherever He Travels. Originally From Santa Clara, Cuba, Prieto Brings It, With Revolutionary Drumming Techniques And Compositions That Have Had A Powerful Impact On The Latin And Jazz Music Scene, Nationally And Internationally.

Prieto’s Dazzling Sextet, Set To Perform With Him At The 2018 Reno Jazz Festival, Features The Members Of His Si O Si Quartet – Saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum, Pianist Manuel Valera, Bassist Johannes Weidenmueller – Plus Trumpeter Mike Rodriguez And Saxophonist Felipe Lamoglia.

Granted A 2011 Macarthur Fellowship For His Incredible Work, Prieto’s Awards Also Include 2006 Up & Coming Musician Of The Year From The Jazz Journalists Association, 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 New York University 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. Prieto Has Received Commissions, Grants And Fellowships From Chamber Music America, Jazz At Lincoln Center, East Carolina University And Meet The Composer. In 2016 He Published The Critically Acclaimed Drumming Instructional Book, A World Of Rhythmic Possibilities: Drumming Lessons And Reflections On Rhythms.

Prieto Is The Founder Of The Independent Music Company Dafnison Music. He Endorses Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Latin Percussion, Evans Drumheads, And Vic Firth Sticks.

Dafnis prieto honors, grants and commissions


2014 commission by afro latin jazz alliance, new work
For afro latin jazz orchestra, “the triumphant journey”

2015 opening track, latin grammy-winning album,
"Cuba: the conversation continues"

2011 macarthur fellowship

2009 commission by museum of modern art

2009 commission by wnyc, new work

2005 commission by jazz at lincoln center,
New work for afro latin jazz orchestra, "song for chico"

2008 title track of grammy-winning album, "song for chico"

2007 commission by meet the composer, commissioning music

2007 latin grammy nomination, best new artist

2006 grammy nomination,
Best latin jazz album, dafnis prieto absolute quintet

2006 jazz journalists association
Jazz award, up & coming musician of the year

2006 Commission By Ethos Percussion Group,
Under Auspices Of The Jerome Foundation,
"The Guiros Talk” And “claveteando"

2005 commission by new trumpet consortium,
Piece for trumpet and percussion, "trail of memories"

2005 commission by east carolina university,
Piece for brass quintet and percussion,
"echo dimensions" for meridian arts ensemble

2005 commission by the painted bride, philadelphia

2005 chamber music america new jazz works award

2004 commission by cbc toronto,
"on and on" for true north brass quintet

2002 Music Composed For Grammy-winning Album,
"The Gathering” By The Caribbean Jazz Project

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