LEWISTON — The Jazz at the Olin Arts Center Series will resume with Grammy-nominated drummer Dafnis Prieto and his Si o Si Quartet on Monday, Oct. 12, at Bates College.

A native of Cuba, Prieto leads a quartet boasting some of New York’s outstanding Latin jazz players. He has received commissions, grants and fellowships from Chamber Music America, Jazz at Lincoln Center, East Carolina University and Meet the Composer.

His awards include Up ‘N’ Comer of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association in 2006, a Grammy Award nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album and a Latin Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 2007.

Prieto has created music for dance, film and chamber ensembles as well as his own bands. He composed the title track for the Grammy-winning album “Song for Chico,” by Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, in 2008.

All About Jazz has characterized his compositions as “melding Afro-Cuban rhythms and modern jazz harmonies into music that is ecstatic and intelligent.”

Prieto has served on the music faculty at New York University since 2005.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Olin Arts Concert Hall, 75 Russell St. Tickets are $12 general admission, $6 for seniors and students. They are available at www.batestickets.com.

Prieto will also lead a jazz workshop at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free and participants will receive a free ticket to the evening performance. For more information about the concert and workshop, contact 786-6135 or [email protected]


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