By NATE CHINEN
Dafnis Prieto, a Cuban-born drummer and composer, has spent the past 12 years working with some of jazz’s most demanding bandleaders — the Latin-jazz pianists Eddie Palmieri and Michel Camilo, the avant-garde saxophonists Henry Threadgill and Steve Coleman — and forging his own voice as an artist. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship last year, Mr. Prieto, 37, is often on tour, and so he savors any Sunday he can get in Washington Heights, where he has lived since he arrived in New York in 1999. He moved to his current apartment in January, and lives there with his girlfriend, Ivet Ros Perez, 43, a nurse in the intensive care unit at Montefiore Medical Center.
RISE AND STRETCH Normally on Sundays I wake up late, around 10. I always do exercise, like some kind of stretch mixed with yoga, here in my apartment. The way I do it is a meditative process. I’m not a gym kind of person.
SEARCH THE FRIDGE I have whole-wheat bread with hummus and green tea, or something like that. Sometimes I have my Cheerios with almond milk, and an espresso. I like omelets, too. Obviously we have to work with what is in the refrigerator at that moment.