Troy Summer Series Continues with Pedrito Martinez


Downtown Troy’s summer series continues this Wednesday, July 31st, in Riverfront Park with Pedrito Martinez and opening act Sten & Maria Z. The concert is scheduled from 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Photo by Richard Holstein

Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez was born in Havana, Cuba, Sept 12, 1973. Having settled in New York City in the fall of 1998, by 2000 he had been awarded the Thelonius Monk Award for Afro-Latin Hand Percussion. Pedrito has recorded or performed with Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, and Sting and has contributed, as a percussionist and vocalist, to over 50 albums.

Pedrito’s career as a leader began in 2005 with the formation in NYC of The Pedrito Martinez Group. The group’s Grammy-nominated first album was released October 2013 and was chosen among NPR’s Favorite Albums of 2013 and The Boston Globe Critics Top Ten Albums of 2013. Habana Dreams, PMG’s second album, was released in June 2016. Accolades for Habana Dreams include #1 Latin Jazz Album in NPR’s Jazz Critics Top Jazz Albums for 2016 and being named among Boston Globe World Music Albums for 2016.

Guitarist/mandolinist, Sten Isachsen and guitarist/composer, Maria Zemantauski have excited audiences around the globe as soloists and in various ensembles for decades. Together, this dynamic string duo celebrates their eclectic musical tastes — fiery flamenco, classical, Latin, roots and bluegrass — to create a vibrant, rich and refreshing sound. Their rhythmically driven repertoire takes the listener on a journey of traditional classics, innovative arrangements and stunning original compositions.

This event is family-friendly, and free to all.

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