September 26, 2006

Dafnis Prieto, drummer

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Dafnis Prieto Quartet will perform Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 8:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University. The concert, which is open to the public without charge, is part of the ongoing Jazz at Bucknell First Wednesdays series.

Drummer Prieto will be joined by Yosvany Terry, saxophones, Manuel Valera, piano, and Yunior Terry, bass. All four members of the quartet were born and received their musical training in Cuba.

Prieto studied at the school of Fine Arts in Santa Clara and at the National School of Music in Havana, gaining a thorough classical education while broadening his knowledge of Afro-Cuban music, jazz and world music outside of the academy. Shortly after arriving in the United States, Dafnis’ revolutionary drumming techniques had a powerful impact on both the Latin and jazz music scene, locally and internationally.

He first toured Europe with pianists Carlos Maza and Ramon Valle and the groundbreaking group “Columna B.” A resident of New York since 1999, he has already played in bands led by Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, Eddie Palmieri, Chico and Arturo O'Farrill, Dave Samuels & The Caribbean Jazz Project, Jane Bunnett, Peter Apfelbaum, D.D. Jackson, Edward Simon, Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdez, Claudia Acuna, Roy Hargrove, Don Byron, and Andrew Hill, among others. He has performed at many national and international music festivals as a sideman and as bandleader.

Produced by Phil Haynes, Jazz at Bucknell is a chamber series conceived to present international modern masters and young visionaries, showcasing the entire tradition of jazz, from standards to the Avant-Garde, with an eye on artists who continue the innovative tradition of the music with their personal approaches to sound, style and composition. 

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Posted Sept. 26, 2006

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