Tiempo Libre brings seductive Latin rhythms to stage
Three-time Grammy-nominated Cuban music group Tiempo Libre will heat up Waynesboro with a joyous concert featuring an irresistible and dance-inducing mix of jazz harmonies, contemporary sonorities and seductive Latin rhythms described by The New York Times as “dance music of sophistication and abandon,” on Saturday June 18 at 7:30 p.m. at The Wayne Theatre.
Tickets start at $20 and are on sale now at the Wayne Theatre box office, open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or at www.WayneTheatre.org.
Classically trained at Havana’s top music conservatories including La ENA (La Escuela Nacional de Arte), Tiempo Libre is made up of seven young Cuban musicians who individually fled Cuba for freedom, and upon reuniting in the Miami got together during their “free time” (“tiempo libre” in Spanish) from recording with other artists to perform the Cuban music that they loved.
Since their formation 14 years ago Tiempo Libre’s members have been on a mission to serve as ambassadors to their Cuban culture. The seven childhood friends have made a name for themselves through standalone concerts across the U.S. and worldwide, as well as collaborations with leading orchestras across the U.S. The band has appeared on The Tonight Show as well as Live from Lincoln Center, Dancing with the Stars and virtually every entertainment program on Univision and Telemundo.
Tiempo Libre has recorded for numerous labels. Panamericano is Tiempo Libre’s first album with Universal Music Latin Entertainment and features guest artists – including Jean Rodriguez, Descemer Bueno, Frankie J, Yunel Cruz, Mr. Haka, and Luis Fernando Borjas – swinging and sizzling with the band. Its most-recent Grammy-nominated album, Bach in Havana, is a Cuban interpretation of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and was released by Sony Classical.
Tiempo Libre’s 2015-16 season finds the band playing in places as far afield as Beijing, China, on tour in Spain, as well as with shows in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles.
Tiempo Libre played its original music live onstage every night as part of “Cuba Libre,” a new Broadway-scale musical produced by Artists Repertory Theatre which ran October 3 – November 15, 2015 at Portland’5 Centers for the Performing Arts’ Winningstad Theatre (Portland, OR). “Cuba Libre” is a bilingual theatre experience – with the majority of the dialogue in English and the music largely in Spanish – written by Cuban American playwright Carlos Lacámara and inspired by the collective histories of the members of Tiempo Libre. A 21-person ensemble of actors, dancers, singers and musicians performed the multi-ethnic, multi-disciplinary show which centers around a Cuban musician making a new life for himself as an American while he is still haunted by the sacrifices made to pursue his artistic dreams in the U.S.
In addition to stand-alone concerts at performing arts centers around the globe- including Jazz at Lincoln Center; Hong Kong’s Kwai Tsing Theatre; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Dewan Filharmonik Petronas in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; the Tel Aviv Opera House, and Istanbul’s Arts and Culture Center- Tiempo Libre has drawn on their classical training to play with leading orchestras including the Oregon Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and The San Francisco Symphony. They collaborated with The Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero on a bilingual educational family concert program presented at the Arsht Center in Miami, and they premiered Rumba Sinfonica, a classical travelogue of Cuban music composed by Ricardo Lorenz with the Minneapolis Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony and the Ravinia Festival.
The band has played at premier festivals including Tanglewood, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, the Gwangju World Music Festival in South Korea. During the Divino Tuscany Festival in Cortona, they played at the Italian villa of Sting and Trudie Styler, who joined their guests on the dance floor. Tiempo Libre closed the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl with arguably one of the world’s longest conga lines.
A wealth of artists outside the rock and Latin music arena revere Tiempo Libre’s sound. In addition to recording the duet “Para Tí” with virtuoso classical violinist Joshua Bell (featured on Bell’s album, At Home With Friends), Tiempo Libre’s musical director Jorge Gomez’ Cuban cha-cha-cha version of “Christmas Auld Lang Syne” for Gloria Estefan and Joshua Bell was featured on Bell’s Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends. Tiempo Libre recorded O’Reilly Street with flute player Sir James Galway, which includes an Afro-Caribbean take on music from the jazz suites of Claude Bolling.
You may see and hear more at tiempolibremusic.com.