Through the Schwartz-Artist-in-Residence Program, Emory's Department of Jazz Studies will partner with the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts to produce a two-day residency featuring percussionist Pedrito Martinez and classically-trained pianist Alfredo Rodríguez.
The residency is both an exploration of the artists' Havana roots and a preview of the future of Cuban jazz, highlighted by this public performance in Emerson Concert Hall. Their markedly different aproaches to playing will provide students with a variety of perspectives, creating a unique opportunity to engage with artists with a diverse blend of background and training.
Hearing [Martinez] perform on a duo record - getting a sense of his and Rodriguez's shared essence - gives Duologue a sense of intimacy and warmth. Each is on his own musical trajectory, but for at least one album, it's a joy to hear their visions combine. —NPR
Artist Bios ⇒
Alfredo Rodríguez is an internationally acclaimed Cuban jazz pianist who, due to his formal training, is as proficient at playing classical music as he is his chosen genre. Rodríguez was born in Havana in 1985 and named for his father, a popular singer, television host, and entertainer. He began his musical studies on percussion at the age of seven and training on the piano at age 10. Rodríguez studied classical piano at the prestigious Conservatorio Amadeo Roldán and Instituto Superior de Arte while playing popular music in his father’s orchestra by night. While performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2006 he was discovered by his future mentor and producer, the legendary Quincy Jones.
Pedrito Martinez, on the other hand, honed his craft on the streets of Havana, learning the deeply-rooted percussion and vocal style of Afro-Cuban folkloric and religious music. Born in 1973, the master percussionist and vocalist arrived in the U.S. in 1998, was soon awarded First Place at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Afro-Latin Hand Drum Competition, and appeared in the documentary film, Calle 54. He then co-founded a Latin fusion group, Yerba Buena, with which he toured extensively and recorded several successful albums. Pedrito has performed or recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Angelique Kidjo, Chucho Valdés, and James Taylor. He has been leader of his own quartet since 2005 with a GRAMMY® Award-nominated album released in 2013 on Motéma Music.
Concert Program ⇒
Concert Program coming soon.