FSU’s Cultural Events Series Presents the Pedrito Martinez Group
Frostburg State University will celebrate the music and culture of Cuba when its Cultural Events Series presents the energetic Afro-Cuban rhythms of the Pedrito Martinez Group on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 1, 2:15 and 3:30 p.m. in the Lane University Center’s Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall. The performance is presented as part of FSU’s annual Family Weekend celebration.
A native of Havana, Martinez was playing professionally by the time he was a teenager. After performing with the popular Latin fusion band Yerba Buena and working with music icons like Bruce Springsteen, Paquito D’Rivera and Chico O’Farrill, he formed the Pedrito Martinez Group in 2005. Joining Martinez are percussionist Jhair Sala of Peru, electric bassist Alvaro Benavides of Venezuela and keyboard player and vocalist Ariacne Trujillo of Cuba.
Martinez is hailed by critics and audiences alike for his skills as a percussionist and bandleader. Music critic Ben Ratliff of The New York Times called him “an incomparable performer.” His band members capture the power and magnetism of real percussive rumba. Describing a performance at the 2012 Umbria Jazz Festival, critic Neil Tesser called the group “a revelation” and praised Martinez’s prodigious talents: “Martinez himself begs heroic comparisons, not simply for his blistering technique, but especially for his ability to integrate, in his technique, rhythms that would normally be played by two or three percussionists wielding congas, bongos, scrapers and the three-headed batá drums.”
To complement the performance, an Afro-Cuban Festival will occur simultaneously in the Lane University Center and include dance workshops, games and food inspired by the Afro-Cuban culture. The performances of the Pedrito Martinez Group and all festival activities are free and open to the public.
For more information, contact the Cultural Events Series box office at 301-687-3137 or visit CES’ webpage at ces.frostburg.edu.
This tour engagement of Pedrito Martinez is funded through the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Jazz Touring Network program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Cultural Events Series is sponsored in part by the Allegany Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council, and is supported by a grant from MSAC, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development, MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for MSAC is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Lane Center Manicur Assembly Hall, ARMAH
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg