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Black Atlantic: Dafnis Prieto Big Band

Friday, March 29, 2019 | 8:00 pm

Baldwin Auditorium

The ‘Black Atlantic’ Package, which provides access to all ‘Black Atlantic’ shows at Motorco and best available reserved seats in Baldwin Auditorium, including performances by Derek Gripper, Fatoumata Diawara, Noura Mint Seymali, Daymé Arocena, The Campbell Brothers, Dafnis Prieto Big Band, and Danilo Brito, is now on sale. Packages are available for purchase online, via phone at 919-684-4444, and in person at the Duke University Box Office, Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.


When Dafnis Prieto immigrated to New York City from Cuba in 1999, the young jazz drummer earned an almost instantaneous reputation as one of the city’s best new instrumentalists. He played with Eddie Palmieri, Steve Coleman, and Andrew Hill, credentials that led The New York Times to crown him “a major force” in 2002. Subsequent albums under his own name cemented that reputation by pairing his energy and an intricate sense of rhythm with exploratory harmonies and sophisticated structures; in 2011, his artistry was rewarded with a MacArthur Fellowship. No project has made Prieto’s boundless ambition or vision as clear as 2018’s GRAMMY-winning Back to the Sunset, his debut with his seventeen-member, star-studded Dafnis Prieto Big Band. Produced by Duke Performances’ Eric Oberstein, it includes ebullient Afro-Cuban compositions and mesmerizing ballads, reimagining what a big band can be.

Dafnis Prieto Big Band 'Danzonish Potpourri'

Dafnis Prieto Big Band 'Back to the Sunset' EPK

Dafnis Prieto Big Band 'Out of the Bone'

“He points clearly toward a future for big band music, as well as Latin jazz.”