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Grammy®-nominated artists Alfredo Rodríguez and Pedrito Martinez first worked together on Alfredo’s 2012 release The Invasion Parade. Since that initial recording session they have had the rare occasion to perform together as a duo, leaving audiences completely mesmerized by their fearless and virtuosic playing.

Each artist brings a different approach to the collaboration. A protégé of Quincy Jones, who took him under his wing when he defected to the US in 2009, pianist Rodríguez was schooled in the rigorous classical conservatories of Havana. His riveting artistry is informed as much by Bach and Stravinsky as it is by his Afro Cuban and jazz roots. Percussionist and vocalist Martinez’s musical training came directly from the streets of the Cayo Hueso neighborhood of Old Havana in which he was raised and he has subsequently performed with artists such as Sting, Paul Simon, and Wynton Marsalis.

As a result of their differences, Rodriguez and Martinez share a natural chemistry that makes for a galvanizing musical experience when they come together. Their first duo outing, Duologue (due out February 1, 2019 via Mack Avenue Records), finds the pair exploring a range of moods and influences, from Cuban classics to collaborative original compositions to a number of unexpected favorites. Most of the original pieces on the album originated with Rodriguez, who would record rough demos on his phone, then send the files to Martinez to compose lyrics and rhythmic patterns. The broad sweep of rhythmic frameworks Martinez brings to the original compositions reflects his roots and influences. Together, these two master musicians take listeners on a unique and exciting journey.

Sunday, February 24
7:00 PM

Weisiger Theatre


February 24 | 4:30PM | Weisiger Stage

Join our guest musicians at 4:30pm on 2/23 to talk and jam with, or just hang out.  Bring an instrument.  Any level is welcome!

RSVP to this free community event by contacting Jessica.Durham@centre.edu.


“Martinez and Rodriguez [have] bridged the gap, exposing the shared roots of both the American and Cuban traditions …Separately and together, Rodriguez and Martinez are distinctly personal yet deeply rooted in authentic traditions” – Kazemde George, Do the Gig NYC