Alfredo Rodriguez &
Pedrito Martinez


FRIDAY, APRIL 17th 2020
H. 9:00pm

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APRIL 17th 2020

H. 09:00pm



PEDRITO MARTINEZ • percussions



The stories of Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito Martinez may look similar: they were both born in Havana, a city that forged their musical talent before they moved to the USA. There, they put the music of their homeland to a great variety of influences, thus giving birth to a personal style, far from any stereotypes. However, the two musicians’ careers are different from each other. Alfredo Rodriguez was born in a family with a music tradition; he studied piano at the Amedeo Roldàn Conservatory and afterwards at the Instituto Superior de Arte, today Universidad de las Artes de Cuba. In 2006, during a performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival, he was noticed by Quincy Jones who decided to become his producer.

Pedrito Martinez instead, shaped his talent in the streets of Havana, where he learned how to play percussion and to sing with the vocal style typical of Afro-Cuban religious music and folklore. Martinez reached the USA in 1998 and soon won first place in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Afro-Latin Hand Drum Competition. Since then, he has collaborated with Wynton Marsalis, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Angelique Kidjo, Chucho Valdés and James Taylor.

In spite of their differences, Rodriguez and Martinez share a great natural interchange, as shown in their first recording as a duo, entitled Duologue and published by Mack Avenue Records. In this album the two musicians explore a great variety of genres, from the personal interpretations of Cuban music classics to original compositions and reinterpretations of pop songs in the style of the Latin music. “What makes our duo so unique is that I come from folk music, while Alfredo comes from classical music,” Martinez explains. “We have blended these two worlds and the result is something extraordinary and exclusive”. Rodriguez composes the majority of the original pieces of music, with Martinez collaborating for lyrics and rhythm.