Victor Prieto
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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 Winner 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, Cristina Pato, The Maria Schneider Orchestra, Valinor Quartet ("Second Half" 2014 Grammy Nominated album) Paquito D’Rivera, 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 and he also was the Chairman of the Accordion department at Adagio Conservatory, Lugo (Spain).
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 scholarship and a Diploma in classical accordion from Ourense - 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. His students are internationally renowned accordionists and teachers.

 

 

About his music:

 

A music vision without labels. A travel through Victors world combining Galician-Celtic music, New York Jazz and Multi-Tonal singing.

 

Victor's music unites the most beautiful of the cultures from separate corners of the world as no medium other than music can. Imagine the trance-like power of Tuvan singing, haunting beauty of Celtic music, the heat of Latin jazz and iconic brand of New York jazz, united by the brute yet flexible accordion. A musician’s ever-present desire to learn and seek beauty in new things has lead him to learn Tuvan singing, the individual vibration control of the vocal chords and then incorporate them into his music. As a New York-based accordionist and a native of Galicia, Spain he naturally combines sounds and ideas from different genre. His compositions are not only the culmination of this idea but it takes it to another level.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Projects:

 

 

 

Chris Cheek and Victor Prieto

 

C. Cheek, sax

V. Prieto, acc

 

"Every composition reveals the duo’s detailed articulation, covering modes of jazz, classical, tango, Brazilian and Celtic music. Through this assortment of influences runs a strong thread of contemporary thinking and energy"....All about Jazz New York.

 

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Chris Cheek, the son of a junior high school band director, began playing the alto sax at the age of 12.  Chris  played in a variety of local Jazz and Blues bands in the St. Louis area while attending Webster University. In 1988, on scholarship, he went to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where he studied with Joe Viola and Hal Crook, eventually receiving a bachelors degree in performance.

Chris moved to New York in 1992 and since then has played and recorded with a number of different groups including: Paul Motian's "Electric Bebop Band", "The Bloomdaddies", Charlie Haden's "Liberation Music Orchestra", The Brian Blade Fellowship,  Wolfgang Muthspiel, Luciana Souza, David Berkman, and Guillermo Klein's "Los Guachos". Chris has played in Japan, China, Russia, Canada, throughout much of Europe and the United States, with these and other bands.

In addition to appearing on over 60 albums as a sideman, Chris has recorded 4 albums as a leader on Fresh Sound Records, "I Wish I Knew", "A Girl Named Joe", "Vine", and most recently "Blues Cruise", featuring Brad Mehldau.  While he continues to be actively involved in a number of different musical projects, Chris plays regularly with his own band at various clubs in the U.S. and abroad
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 Victor Prieto Trio

 

V. Prieto, accordion

Jorge Roeder, bass

Eric Doob, drums

 

 

Jorge Roeder is a native of Lima, Peru. He has been awarded 1st price at the 2007 of the International Society Of Bassists Jazz Competition. At the age of 14, he began to study the cello and two years later was invited to pursue his classical studies at the Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia. After taking up the double bass, Jorge was appointed assistant principal bassist of the Lima Philharmonic and Opera orchestras for the 2001 and 2002 seasons. Jorge was also part of the New Music Youth Orchestra, which is dedicated to the development of jazz in Peru.

 

Moving to Boston in 2002, Jorge received a scholarship from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied jazz performance with John Lockwood and Danilo Perez, among others. 

 A musician with diverse interests and a wide range of abilities, Jorge is a member of Gary Burton Quartet, the Kenny Werner Trio, the Julian Lage Group, Victor Prieto Trio, Shai Maestro and Sofia Rei.

 Jorge has toured the around the wolrd with such jazz greats as Gary Burton, Paquito D'Rivera, Antonio Sanchez, Roy Haynes, Alex Acuna among others.

 

 

Eric Doob was born inBoston, Massachusetts. He began playing music professionally at age 15, and at 17, received a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston. While attending the college, Eric became the inaugural recipient of Berklee's Keith Copland/Sabian Cymbals Scholarship Award. Shortly after graduating in 2006, Eric began performing and touring with nine-time Grammy-Award winner Paquito D'Rivera. In addition to working with Mr. D'Rivera, Eric currently tours with Miguel Zenon, Christian Scott, Victor Prieto and The Caribbean Jazz Project . He has appeared as a guest artist with Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, as well as with the NDR Big Band of Hamburg, Germany. He has performed throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, and has appeared at some of the world's most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City. Eric currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

 

 

 

 

 

Victor Prieto Trio Plus One

 

V. Prieto, acc

Chris Cheek, sax

Jorge Roeder, bass

Otis Brown III, drums

 

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