Alfredo Rodríguez & Pedrito Martinez Duo
February 24 @ 7:00 pm
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. Together, these two master musicians take listeners on a unique and exciting journey.
Sunday, February 24
“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