Dizzying rhythmic webs and the thrill of real Cuban rumba
Providence International Arts Festival
June 13, 2015, 7 PM – FirstWorks Plaza Stage
Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez is a true son of Cuba who is taking his country’s music and culture around the world for the next generation.
He was born in Havana, and grew up singing and playing with legends of Cuban music like Tata Guines and Los Munequitos de Matanzas. Now based in New York City, Martinez is one of the masters of Afro-Cuban drumming, the world’s first-call rumbero, and one of the most exciting bandleaders working in jazz or Latin music today. Pedrito’s drumming goes beyond the standard bata rhythms of traditional Cuban music, performing a monumentally complex style that has astounded even music legends like Quincy Jones and Wynton Marsalis. His namesake group has cultivated a music scene around itself in New York and has been tearing up the international stage for the last ten years, including the Newport Jazz Fest, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Now they will make their Providence debut, bringing the future of Cuban music to the heart of the Creative Capital.