On Wednesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 18, 2017, the Dafnis Prieto Sí o Sí Quartet played The Jazz Gallery in New York City as a fundraiser for the Dafnis Prieto Big Band.

Giovanni Russonello of The New York Times included the concerts in his listings of noteworthy music events in New York:

DAFNIS PRIETO SÍ O SÍ QUARTET at the Jazz Gallery (May 17-18, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Mr. Prieto, a Cuban drummer and MacArthur fellow, assigns a spry rhythmic identity to every member of his Sí o Sí Quartet. His original compositions focus on melodies and phrases that repeat and amplify without adding any excess weight. The quartet — featuring Roman Filiu on alto saxophone, Manuel Valera on piano and Johannes Weidenmueller on bass — appears at the Jazz Gallery in a two-night run that Mr. Prieto is using to raise money for a coming big band album.
— The New York Times

Kevin Laskey interviewed Prieto for The Jazz Gallery blog about the experience of launching the Dafnis Prieto Big Band. Read highlights of that conversation HERE.

Prieto and producer Eric Oberstein hosted a VIP reception and concert on May 18. Here are a selection of photos from the event (Credit: Cameron Thompkins):


Special thanks to Rio Sakairi and the team at The Jazz Gallery for partnering with us on these concerts and for their support of the Dafnis Prieto Big Band project.