From its inception, V. Prieto Cuadro Latino has demonstrated itself to be a group well known not only for its instrumentalists, but also for its treatment of Latin Jazz. The Quartet experiments with new colors and rhythms in a Repertoire based on original themes that embrace jazz, Rumba, Son, Candombe, Brazilian and celtic music. Prieto brings a new voice to the accordion that has not yet been heard.
There are some musicians who always get classified in the “beyond” categories in the magazine polls. They are usually musicians that are in such a unique area of music that there are few peers to make a single category for their respective instrumental talent and focus. Victor Prieto belongs to that list.
Grammy Nominee Victor Prieto is hailed by The New York Times as “A fiendishly skilled accordionist and composer” and by The All About Jazz as “One of the best World music and Jazz accordionists now days”.
He has changed the way musicians and spectators view accordion by revolutionizing both technique and sound (Chord approach on both hands). His love for the traditional Galician music and classical education enriches his compositions with explosive rhythm and colors uniquely combining Galician Roots, Celtic, Brazilian, Jazz, Tango, and Classical music
Victor continues collaborating on world stages with Yo-Yo Ma (Songs of Joy and Peace, Sony BMG Masterworks. “2010 Grammy Winning Album”), Arturo O’Farrill Latin Jazz Orchestra, The Maria Schneider Orchestra, Emilio Solla (“Second Half” 2014 Grammy Nominated album) Paquito D’Rivera, Cristina Pato, Chris Cheek, Christian Howes Group.
He teaches Master Classes in US Berklee College of Music, “Playing outside the Box”, Spain, Italy, Portugal and has headed the jazz accordion studies at the Brooklyn Conservatory, New York. Some of Victor’s awards and prizes are: The Creative Performer award from the Spanish Association of Artists and Performers, and the first prize CMZK’s Concourse of Composition.
Victor Prieto holds a Degree in Jazz accordion performance from Berklee College of Music, where he studied with a full schoolarship and a Diploma in classical accordion from Ouresnse – Spain Conservatory. He is the only one to date to specialize in jazz accordion studies, Berklee College of Music does not offer any classes focusing on accordion. Uninhibited by these circumstances Victor created his own study program applying the expertise offered by educators at Berklee to the accordion
Greg Diamon / Guitar – effects Carlos Mena / Electric bass Franco Pinna / Drums Victor Prieto / Accordion – voice
Cuadro Latino at Terraza 7 on Thursday April 23, 2015 at 9:00 pm $7 Cover charge for Mezzanine