Pianist Alfredo Rodriguez and percussionist Pedrito Martinez first collaborated for a recording in 2012. Now both Grammy-nominated artists have the rare occasion to perform together and mesmerize audiences with their virtuosic take on Cuban music.
Rodriguez is a protégé of producer Quincy Jones, who took the pianist under his wing when Rodriguez defected from Cuba to the United States in 2009. He was schooled in the rigorous classical conservatories of Havana, developing a style informed as much by Bach and Stravinsky as his Afro-Cuban and jazz roots.
Martinez’s training came directly from the streets of Old Havana, where he was raised. Those skills have led him to performances with artists as varied as Sting, Paul Simon and Wynton Marsalis, who said that working with Martinez “has been a revelation to me.”