This season, Miami Light Project and FUNDarte celebrate the best Cuban music from around the world with Global Cuba Fest 2018, an annual music series consistently presenting a new spectrum of music from the island of Cuba.
This year, we kick off the series at The Light Box with Dafnis Prieto, one of the leading drummers and composers of his generation. Known for his inventive, sensitive playing and propulsive rhythm, his compositions, like his playing style, bristle with confidence, emotion, and energy, weaving musical narratives that are inviting and reflect the expansive musical influences that permeate his life.
Since arriving in the U.S. from Cuba in 1999, Dafnis Prieto has been fearless in his vision, playing and writing across styles, always with a forward-looking eye. Prieto has composed for numerous configurations — trios, quartets, quintets, sextets, and big bands — amassing a catalog of more than 50 original works featured on more than 10 albums. His compositions, known for their grace and subtlety, mixing lush melodies with polyrhythm, range from classical chamber music to Latin jazz, the community in which he’s built his reputation as a trailblazing artist. He earned the prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellowship (the “Genius” grant) in 2011; his citation noted that his “rhythmically adventurous compositions combine a range of musical vocabularies” and that he “transposes elements from his Afro-Cuban musical heritage onto a jazz drum kit.”
Eventz Paul is currently the Technical Director and Productions Manager at Miami Light Project. He has been a part of this organization since 2011. He participated in Miami Light Project’s first class of the Technical Fellowship Program held at The Light Box. He joined this program hoping to improve his existing theater skills. He received training from experts in the industry that mentored and further his theater technical skills. Now, he has successfully used his professional knowledge and has had the opportunity to work with various arts organizations and venues throughout Miami including Miami Theater Center, National Young Arts Foundation, the Colony Theatre and many more. He has become an instructor and conducts audiovisual classes to incoming technical fellows.
Beth Boone has been the Artistic & Executive Director of Miami Light Project since 1998, developing critically acclaimed artistic programs that have asserted the organization as one of the leading cultural institutions in South Florida. These programs include: the establishment of Here & Now, South Florida’s most respected commission and presenting program for community-based artists; premiere presentations of internationally acclaimed; pioneering historic international cultural exchange with Cuba; and the creation of The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, a multi-use performance and visual art space in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. She previously served as Associate Director of Development for Florida Grand Opera, Deputy Director for the Department of Cultural Affairs at Miami Dade Community College, Wolfson Campus, co-founded an Off Broadway theater company (New York Rep), and served for six years as a Program Associate in the Arts & Culture Program of the AT&T Foundation. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and a MFA in Theater Arts from Brandeis University in Boston, MA.