Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Afro-Cuban Drumming with Dafnis Prieto

A few nice clips today featuring some lessons on Afro-Cuban drumming from a master class given by Cuban-born drummer Dafnis Prieto. Dafnis is a literal force in the contemporary latin jazz scene. His coordination and innate understanding of Afro-Cuban rhythms is quite astounding. In the following short lessons, Prieto demonstrates some basic rhythmic concepts:

I was quite lucky to see Dafnis Prieto perform on several occasions during my time in Toronto, including performances with Roberto Occhipinti and Prieto's own groups. I have fond memories of Prieto tearing it up at the Trane Studio on Bathurst Street and a great clinic he have up at Soul Drums. Good times. He is also a very accomplished composer and I highly recommend anyone to check out his own projects. In particular, his debut album "About The Monks" is a personal favorite of mine.

Here's a nice solo performed by Dafnis courtesy of the kind folks at the LP Latin Percussion company:

The following is a clip from his clinic at the 2008 PASIC convention. Watch how he demonstrates his uncanny rhythmic "independence" and ability to manipulate rhythms within the context of the clave rhythm:


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