Pedrito Martinez • Afro-Cuban Rumba

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Outpost Performance Space hosts Yerba Buena member and all-around excellent percussionist Pedrito Martinez for an evening of Afro-Cuban music. Martinez performs with a multinational ensemble called the Pedrito Martinez Group. The group includes Peruvian drummer Jhair Salas, Venezuelan bassist Alvaro Benavides and Cuban keyboardist Ariacne Trujillo. Pedrito’s current Nueva York residency has resulted in heaps of hybridization and garnered rave reviews from such divergent artists as Steve Gadd and Taj Mahal. Although the current combo still bases much of their work on rumba and bata rhythms—entwined with vocalizations derived from the practice of Yoruba Santeria—they've also been influenced by funk; Old Gregg would heartily recommend this shouldn't-miss concert. Plus, you can dance to this stuff, which beats drinking Bailey’s and doing watercolors any day of the week. So, on Thursday night at 7:30pm, strut over to Outpost (210 Yale SE). Tickets to the all-ages concert range from 15 to 20 clams. Groovy, man. (August March)

Thursday Dec 5, 2013

210 Yale Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Phone: 268-0044
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Since arriving in the United States at the end of the 1990s, Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martinez “has been bringing his dynamic rumba and guaguancó to a variety of bands. Rooted firmly in the Afro-Cuban Rumba tradition and in the bata rhythms and vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santeria, the music is “complex, blenderized Africa-to-the-New-World funk.” (Ben Ratliff, New York Times). Martinez has performed, recorded, and/or toured with Paquito D’Rivera; Eddie Palmieri; Arturo “Chico” O’Farrill; Stefon Harris; Cassandra Wilson; Joe Lovano, and Sting, among others. He was also a member of the highly successful Afro-Cuban/Afro-Beat band, Yerba Buena with which he recorded two albums and toured worldwide, opening for the Dave Matthews Band, Willie Nelson and Ray Charles. In addition to Martinez on percussion and lead vocals, band members include percussionist, Jhair Sala, from Lima, Peru; electric bassist, Alvaro Benavides, from Caracas, Venezuela; and keyboard player/lead vocalist, Araicne Trujillo, from Havana, Cuba. Check out the recent article in the New York Times about Pedrito Martinez: Pushing the Boundaries of Rumba Fervor