Tiempo Libre

Tiempo Libre

OCT 21 | Cobb Great Hall

This performance is sponsored by

delta dental

Program

Jorge Gomez
Piano & Musical Director

Xavier Mili
Lead Vocal

Wilber Rodriguez Guerra
Bass Guitar

Luis Beltran
Saxophone & Flute

Leandro González
Congas

Roberto Consuegra Conde
Trumpet

Yissy Caldazilla
Drums

Sound Engineers
Oscar Sanchez/Manny Sotolongo

Tonight’s program will be announced from the stage.

This performance will run approximately 105 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.

About Tiempo Libre

Three-time Grammy-nominated Afro-Caribbean music group Tiempo Libre is one of the hottest Latin bands today. Equally at home in concert halls, jazz clubs, festival stages and dance venues, Tiempo Libre is celebrated for its sophisticated tropical music featuring an irresistible, exhilarating mix of jazz harmonies, contemporary sonorities and seductive Latin rhythms. 

"The people in our audience are always a cultural mix. While our Spanish-speaking audience goes because they want to hear and feel Latin rhythms, we always have a lot of native English-speakers at our concerts. They appreciate this culture, this rhythm." —Tiempo Libre founder and musical director Jorge Gómez

One thing is for sure: the members of Tiempo Libre are living the American Dream, playing their exhilarating, joyful music to packed houses. The members of Tiempo Libre grew up studying together in the classical music conservatories of Havana. Dreaming of freedom and opportunity, the seven musicians moved to the U.S., getting together in their "free time" (tiempo libre in Spanish) to play Cuban timba music. Today, with worldwide concert tours and albums released by leading record companies, these world music troubadours feel lucky to have very little free time.

Tiempo Libre's 2009 groundbreaking recording Bach in Havana takes Bach as a starting point from which to explore a wide range of Cuban music forms and rhythms. The recording features guest tracks with Yosvany Terry and Paquito D'Rivera and earned the group its third Grammy nomination.  It was described as "A landmark recording in the sense that Miles Davis' Kind of Blue was approximately 50 years ago" by The Latin Jazz Network.  Bach in Havana is a true reflection of the two worlds of Tiempo Libre's Cuban musical upbringing.  Tiempo Libre's seven members led "double" lives studying classical music at Cuba's premier Russian-style conservatories by day and by night meeting up to play the music of Cuba including timba, Latin jazz, and the rumba.

Tiempo Libre's 2011 recording, My Secret Radio, pays homage to Tiempo Libre's teenage years in Cuba, a time when the government forbade its citizens to listen to American music, and Russia pulled its support from the island. Inspired by their Afro-Cuban tradition, but eager to catch the new trends and sounds coming from the U.S., Tiempo Libre's members would fashion homemade antennas to secretly listen at night to the music pulsating from Miami radio stations. These secret radio sessions fueled Tiempo Libre's dreams of living in America, free to perform their songs and build the careers they wanted, while helping them gather the strength that it took to leave it all behind—families, friends, a country, a life—to pursue those dreams. My Secret Radio, and the inspiring story behind it, have been featured on Fox News' Real American Stories, CNN en Español, PRI's The World, and in Mother Jones and People En Español.   

Signed in 2015 to Universal Music Latin Entertainment in partnership with Universal Music Classics, the group released Panamericano. Tiempo Libre premiered two singles from Panamericano: "Dime Que No" featuring guest artist Jean Rodriguez, and "Somebody to Love Me" with Yunel Cruz.   Additional guest artists include Descemer Bueno, Frankie J, and Luis Fernando Borjas. In 2018 Tiempo Libre followed up Panamericano with an independent release, Lo Que Te Toca, featuring their patented high-octane tracks and musical virtuosity.

"We have always written songs about our lives—both past and present. But Panamericano is truly about Tiempo Libre today—living a culturally rich and fulfilling life, personally and musically, in Miami. We are surrounded by people and influences from all over the U.S. and Latin America who inspire us. And the featured artists on the album reflect that amazing diversity and inspiration. This is possibly our most personal album yet—and to have it released by Universal Music Latin Entertainment is a dream come true," says band founder Jorge Gómez.

Ambassadors for Cuban music around the world, Tiempo Libre have gained new audiences through appearances on shows such as the Tonight ShowLive from Lincoln Center and Dancing With the Stars and through concerts worldwide including performances at Tanglewood, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz Cafe in London, Hong Kong's Kwai Tsing Theatre and Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy. Tiempo Libre frequently draws on its classical training to play with leading orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, and the San Francisco and Houston Symphonies. They have collaborated with artists such as Joshua Bell, Gloria Estefan, James Galway and Paquito D'Rivera.

Every Tiempo Libre concert is a party, a celebration and, regardless whether guests choose to enjoy their sophisticated sound from their seats or on the dance floor, all engage in an exhilarating shared experience of community.

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