Duo musical performance
BRATTLEBORO- On Saturday May 18, the Vermont Jazz Center will present a duo concert featuring two of Cuba’s foremost musical performers: pianist Alfredo Rodriguez and percussionist Pedrito Martinez. Their charismatic presence, a brand new album and an on-going tour of about fifty international gigs has generated tremendous excitement and expanded their circle to include listeners around the globe.
The music created by Rodriguez and Martinez is energetic yet deep, enhanced and informed by the complex abundance of rhythmical material gleaned from their native Cuba. Their set list draws from spiritual and ancestral sources, as well as from unexpected popular-music choices.
The duo format suits Rodriguez and Martinez perfectly. It provides a structure where they are beholden only to themselves for ideas and direction. The duo set-up provides plenty of room for creative freedom and encourages engaging interplay. It is a small miracle that these two musicians found each other and took the time to explore the possibilities of playing as a duo; they are like-minded soul-mates capable of playing over extremely challenging, rhythmically-oriented material. But they approach this material as if they were two athletes cajoling each other in a friendly sprint through the park. Their music is muscular, but it also has tons of heart and vulnerability.
Tickets can be purchased online at vtjazz.org or in person at In The Moment, 143 Main Street. The Vermont Jazz Center is at 72 Cotton Mill Hill. For more information call (802) 254-9088, ext. 1.