Alfredo Rodriguez & Pedrito Martinez Duo + Edmar Castaneda & Gregoire Maret: Harp vs. Harp


MCG Jazz Concert Hall Sat, Feb 2, 2019 6:00 PM
MCG Jazz Concert Hall Sat, Feb 2, 2019 8:30 PM


This evening of international duos includes the juxtaposition of pianist Alfredo Rodriguez’ education from Havana’s rigorous, classical conservatories with percussionist Pedrito Martinez’ exacting training from the streets of the Cayo Hueso neighborhood in Old Havana.

Along with Rodriguez and Martinez is the electric paring of Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda and exceptional, Swiss chromatic harmonica player Grégoire Maret as Harp vs Harp.

About Alfredo and Pedrito's new album, Duologue:


Grammy® Award-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, Rodriguez 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. Martinez’ 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 on Duologue.