Pianist Alfredo Rodríguez and percussionist Pedrito Martinez have joined forces for a new album called Duologue that showcases the artists’ impressive talents honed in Cuba’s vibrant music scene.

Both musicians are originally from Havana and have taken very distinct paths to where they are today. But musically, they have found a unified and unique sound when playing together.

They’re bringing their talents to Niagara-on-the-Lake as part of the Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts on Saturday, May 11.

Rodríguez joined Brad Barker over the phone to talk about the new album, his philosophy of breaking down life’s barriers, and what it was like to take a leap of faith and leave Cuba to work with Quincy Jones in the United States.