The SSJF has received a $16,000 grant from Chamber Music America to fund the performance of Latin jazz musician Dafnis Prieto on June 23, 2017, as part of the “Presenter Consortium for Jazz” grant.
The “Presenter Consortium for Jazz” grant provides support to consortiums of three U. S. presenters that collectively engage U.S. jazz ensembles to perform at each presenter’s venue. The Summer Solstice Jazz Festival collaborated with Western Michigan University and The Carr Center to present a performance and educational outreach by Dafnis Prieto at each venue. The 3 public performances will also include a presentation of Prieto’s original composition, “The Emotion Series: Taking the Soul For a Walk”, a 60 minute piece presented in 8 sections, commissioned by Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works program in 2005, and funded through the Doris Duke Foundation.
“The Summer Solstice Jazz Festival is very fortunate and proud to be receiving the CMA Presenter Consortium Grant, and we hope that our partnership with WMU and The Carr Center will lead to long collaborative relationships” -SSJF Coordinator Benjamin Hall .
Dafnis Prieto’s revolutionary drumming techniques and compositions have had a powerful impact on the Latin and Jazz music scene, nationally and internationally. His various awards include “2011 MacArthur Fellowship Award”, “Up & Coming Musician of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association in 2006, a Grammy Award Nomination for ”Absolute Quintet” as Best Latin Jazz Album, and a Latin Grammy Nomination for “Best New Artist” in 2007. Also a gifted educator, Prieto has conducted numerous master classes, clinics, and workshops throughout the world. Dafnis was a faculty member of Jazz studies at NYU from 2005 to 2014, and in 2015 became a faculty member of Frost School of Music at UM (University of Miami). https://dafnisonmusic.com/
Chamber Music America is a non-profit organization that provides small ensemble professionals with access to a variety of professional development, networking, and funding resources. CMA's regular initiatives include grants, awards, and commissioning programs for ensembles and presenters. A component of the Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project, Presenter Consortium for Jazz is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.