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Dafnis Prieto: Multilingual Rhythms

Dafnis Prieto

Dafnis Prieto, an emerging drummer and composer, emigrated from Cuba to New York almost 10 years ago. Given his druthers, though, he would have moved to Paris. Prieto visited New York on two occasions, but the city failed to make an impression, in part because he identified with jazz only in a peripheral sense. Prieto liked Paris’ music scene in the early 1990s, especially the opportunities for experimental music and African music.

“I used to go a lot, and I had a lot of friends there,” Prieto said. “I liked that romanticism and that bohemian life that people have in Europe. I felt really connected with that at that time.”

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