Sat May 2, 2009
Latin Band Tiempo Libre
Two-time Grammy-nominated Tiempo Libre is one the hottest young Latin bands today. Equally at home in concert halls, jazz clubs and dance venues, the members of the Miami-based band are true modern heirs to the rich tradition of the music of their native Cuba.
Tiempo Libre's members were all classically trained at La ENA, Cuba's premiere conservatory during a time when it was illegal to listen to American songs on the radio. Now, the group is a hit in the U.S. and abroad, celebrated for its incendiary, joyful performances of timba, an irresistible, dance-inducing mix of high-voltage Latin jazz and the seductive rhythms of son.
The group will release a new album, Bach in Havana -- a fusion of Bach with Afro-Cuban rhythms featuring guest tracks by Paquito d'Rivera and Yosvany Terry -- on May 5th, 2009. The music of Bach has been an inspiration to the members of Tiempo Libre since their early school days studying in Havana, and many of Bach's masterpieces make appearances on the album, including the C Major and C Minor Preludes & Fugues from the 1st book of the Well-Tempered Clavier, with the C Major opening onto a sonic world of the interplay of Bat? (African percussion); the C Minor propelling an intense ride over the rhythms of guaguanco, a Latin courtship dance.