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Tiempo Libre

  • Instrumental Ensemble
  • Jazz

Biography

Tiempo Libre: 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 Batá (African percussion); the C Minor propelling an intense ride over the rhythms of guaguanco, a Latinyouthful courtship dance.
In conjunction with the CD release, the family behind Bustelo Café – for the first time in 80 years – changed its Bustelo Café coffee can to feature Tiempo Libre with a free music download. Tiempo Libre was invited to collaborate on the duet “Para Tí” with violinist Joshua Bell, which was featured on Bell’s September album At Home with Friends.
The group also performed the track with Bell on The Tonight Show and WNYC radio’s popular program Soundcheck. In fall, 2008, Tiempo Libre brought its dynamic Afro-Cuban beat to leading flutist Sir James Galway’s album, O’Reilly Street, released by the RCA Red Seal label. The album features an exciting new Latin jazz arrangement of music from the Claude Bolling Jazz Suites including “Baroque and Blue”, as well as a timba take on Bach's “Badinerie” and a number of vibrant new compositions all by Tiempo Libre’s musical director and pianist Jorge Gomez.
The result is rich in the traditions of multiple genres, authentic yet emotionally seductive, transcending the borders between classical, jazz and Cuban music.