Alfredo Rodriguez & Pedrito Martinez Duo with OPENER: Rene & Norberto's Cuban Sextet Epiphany Center for the Arts
|Date & Time:||Wed, 10/12/2022 - 8:00pm - 11:00pm|
Event by Epiphany Center for the Arts
Public · Anyone on or off Facebook
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Doors: 5PM for Golden Hour
Showtime: 8PM - Rene & Norberto's Cuban Sextet | 9:30PM - Headliner Alfredo Rodriguez & Pedrito Martinez Duo
Tickets: $20 - Early Bird (until 9/2/22) | $30 - G/A Seated with no table | $80 - VIP table for 2 (includes 2 tickets, seated at table) - $160 - table for 4 (includes 4 tickets, seated at table)
‘Service charges apply to ALL ticket purchases (online and box office)’ - Credit card only at door
ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ & PEDRITO MARTINEZ DUO
Alfredo Rodriguez Website / Pedrito Martinez Website / Apple Music / Spotify
Painted in the broadest of strokes, the stories of Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito Martinez may seem similar: both started life in Havana, discovered their gifts and passions for music and headed to the States, where they melded the music of their homeland with a wide variety of influences, each in his own deeply personal way. Zoom in a little, though, and the two paths differ considerably. Rodriguez was born into a musical family, his father a popular singer and TV host. A child prodigy, he 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. 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. Nearly a decade Rodriguez’s senior, 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®-nominated album released in 2013 on Motéma Music. As a result of their differences, Rodriguez and Martinez share a natural chemistry that makes for a galvanizing musical experience when they come together. Their duo album, Duologue (2019 via Mack Avenue Records), finds the pair exploring a range of moods and influences, from Cuban classics to collaborative original compositions to a number of unexpected favorites.
René Avila is an educator in both the public and private school systems, as well as a basketball coach for middle schoolers. He is also a band leader and bass player for an Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble (Rene Avila's Afro Cuban Quintet) in addition to his traditional Cuban Charanga Orchestra "Charangueo." Both of his projects perform at various venues and festivals in the Chicago metropolitan area.
René got his start in playing string bass during his early years and later as a cellist during his musical studies in college. Besides teaching general music, he also teaches violin, cello and guitar at The Puerto Rican Arts Alliance.
As a musician, René was influenced by legendary Chicago radio icon Victor Parra, originator and host of "The Mambo Express" radio program, which focused on traditional Cuban music and its evolution to the US. Since then, René has studied and researched Cuban music, and is a very serious and passionate advocate of this music. He enjoys sharing it with others on Mambo Inn and through his bands' performances, keeping the tradition alive. Tune in to René Avila's Mambo Inn Sunday's from 4pm until 6pm on Chicago's Home for Jazz WDCB 90.9FM.
Norberto’s Guerra’s Modern Cuban Jazz Band pulls on rhythms and sounds from the most traditional Cuban music, Son, to the most contemporary one, the Timba. Guerra’s guitar and Cuban Trés form the center of a band featuring Latin percussion and horns.
Norberto is a Chicago based Cuban musician, composer and producer. He is a multi-instrumentalist primarily playing the classical guitar, electric guitar and the Cuban Trés.
He most recently worked closely with Alexander Abreu recording Havana d’Primenra’s tribute album of Cuban classics, Será Que Se Acabó, in Havana. He has toured throughout Cuba, composed for and played with the Ballet Español de Cuba and the Havana Symphony, and has recorded and worked on albums for Havana d’Primera, Issac Delgado, Rainer Mariño, Alain Daniel and Acituna sin Hueso.
Norberto was schooled in the renowned Cuban conservatory system from the age of eight and at the Instituto Superior de las Artes (ISA) in Havana.
Golden Hour at Epiphany:
Stop by Epiphany for our live music series concerts, and be sure to hit Golden Hour before-hand for drinks and lite-bites! Doors open at 5pm Wednesday - Saturday for Golden Hour with 1/2 priced bottles of wine and other specials!
Come early to EXPLORE and DISCOVER your own EPIPHANY… our art galleries are open and there is free entertainment before the show!
Full Concert Calendar Here
Golden Hour Menu + Music Schedule
|Name:||Epiphany Center for the Arts|
|Address:||201 S Ashland Ave Chicago, Illinois|