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Most Recent Castaway - 24th June, 2016
Dafnis Prieto (2016)

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Drummer, band-leader, composer, and educator Dafnis Prieto was born in Cuba, but has been in the USA for almost 20 years. Drummerworld writes of him "His arrival in the U.S. [in 1999] has been compared by to that of an asteroid hitting New York."

Dafnis's revolutionary drumming techniques had an instant and powerful on the Latin and jazz music scene, at first locally, and then, quickly, internationally. He is the winner of a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship and Best New Artist at the 2007 Latin Grammys, and his Absolute Quintet was nominated for a Grammy that year.

As a composer, Dafnis has created music for dance, film, chamber ensembles, and, most notably, for his own bands. Among the many with whom he has worked are Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, Eddie Palmieri, Dave Samuels, Jane Bunnett, Chucho Valdes, Roy Hargrove, and Don Byron.

Dafnis has been on the faculty of NYU, and is currently on the faculty at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. He's the author of "A World of Rhythmic Possibilities", published in 2016.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 John Coltrane A Love Supreme Resolution Impulse
# 2 Branford Marsalis The Dark Keys The Dark Keys Columbia
# 3 Keith Jarrett Personal Mountains Personal Mountains ECM
# 4 Henry Threadgill and Make a Move Makin' a Move Like It Feels Columbia
# 5 Keith Jarrett Book of Ways #4 ECM
# 6 Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio Magic Danzonete Dafnison Music
# 7 Dafnis Prieto Sextet Taking the Soul for a Walk En las Ruinas de la Infancia Dafnison Music
# 8 Dafnis Prieto Triangles and Circles Bla Bla Dafnison Music
         
Book "Biographies, ... books from Latin America, [e.g.] Gabriel García Márquez, Octavio Paz, Jorge Luis Borges"
         
Luxury Item "I'm not really a material person at all. ... I don't have that sense of nostalgia that most people have with music ... and the past."