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Dafnis Prieto
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Dafnis PrietoDrummer and composer Dafnis Prieto is a native of Santa Clara, Cuba. He received a thorough classical education there at the School of Fine Arts and later at the National School of Music in Havana; at the sam time, outside
of the academy, he was constantly broadening his knowledge of Afro-Cuban music, Jazz, and music from around the world.

Now 31, he has been working for more than ten years as a professional musician and composer, starting with his first European tours with a succession of acclaimed pianists including Carlos Maza and Ramon Valle and the "Columna B" Group. He has performed with some of the world¹s greatest jazz artists, including Steve Coleman & Five Elements, Henry Threadgill¹s Zooid and Make a Move ensembles,the Eddie Palmieri Afro-Caribbean Jazz Orchestra, Chico O'Farrill & The Afro-Cuban Big Band, Jane Bunnett & Spirit of Havana, Dave Samuels & The Caribbean Jazz Project, Peter Apfelbaum & The New York Hieroglyphics, the DD Jackson Trio & Octet, Edward Simon Trio, Michel Camilo Trio, Chucho Valdez Quartet, Andrew Hill, John Benitez, Jorge Sylvester, Claudia Acuna, Don Byron, Kip Hanrahan, and Roy Hargrove¹s Havana Crisol. He has also played at the World Economic Forum with Branford Marsalis, Herbie Hancock and Arturo Sandoval.

Dafnis Prieto has toured the United States and Europe and performed at Jazz Festivals throughout the world. His debut album ³About the Monks,² featuring his quintet, was released in February 2005, followed by ³Absolute Quintet² in May 2006, both on the ZOHO label. Both records were acclaimed by the press and established him quickly as a bandleader and original composer. He received the Jazz Journalists Association¹s 2006 Jazz Award for ³Up & Coming Musician of the Year.²

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