MacArthur Genius Fellow brings Cuban jazz to campus

Contact: Dannielle Sturgeon
Photo of drummer Dafnis Prieto standing in front of a drum set.


KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Cuban-born drummer and 2011 MacArthur Genius Fellow Dafnis Prieto will bring his sextet to Western Michigan University for a night of exciting music at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Prieto, a conservatory-trained artist, is also steeped in Afro-Cuban folkloric music, the European classical tradition and post-bop jazz improvisation. His most recent recording, "Triangles and Circles," features his talents as a drummer and composer and has received glowing reviews from the New York Times, DownBeat Magazine and a feature on National Public Radio's Fresh Air.

The concert is made possible through the support of Chamber Music America and the WMU jazz studies program.

Tickets are $15 general admission and $5 for students. They are available from Miller Auditorium online or by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858.

For more information about the concert, visit or call (269) 387-4667.

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