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Masterclass: Dafnis Prieto and Peter Apfelbaum

Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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Two-time Grammy nominee, drummer and composer Dafnis Prieto and multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum present a masterclass.

Dafnis Prieto. Photo: Henry Lopez

Dafnis Prieto’s arrival in the United States from Cuba in 1999 has been compared to an asteroid hitting New York. Indeed, within a short period of time, Prieto’s revolutionary drumming techniques had a powerful impact on the Latin and jazz music scenes, both locally and internationally. Various awards include the 2011 MacArthur Fellowship, 2006 Up & Coming Musician of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association, a 2007 Grammy Award nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album for Absolute Quintet, and a 2007 Latin Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Also a gifted educator, Prieto is a member of the NYU music faculty and has conducted numerous master classes, clinics, and workshops. He 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 Valdez, Claudia Acuña, 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. Prieto is the founder of the independent record company Dafnison Music. As a composer, he has created music for dance, film, chamber ensembles, and, most notably, for his own bands, ranging from duets to his Small Big Band and including the groups featured in his five acclaimed recordings as a leader: About the Monks, Absolute Quintet, Taking the Soul for a Walk, Si o Si Quartet—Live at Jazz Standard, and Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio.

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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