Tiempo Libre

Three-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 music tradition of their native Cuba. The group is celebrated for its incendiary performances of timba, an irresistible, dance-inducing mix of high-voltage Latin jazz and the seductive rhythms of son. Since their formation in 2001, the Tiempo Libre members have been on a mission: to share their musical heritage with as many people as possible, reinterpreting and reinvigorating traditional Cuban music with a youthful, modern sound and forging a new style born from the fusion of their Cuban roots and their American experience.

In 2005, Tiempo Libre made their debut album, Arroz con Mango, which was nominated for a Grammy® Award in Best Salsa/Meringue Album.  In 2007, the band released Lo Que Esperabas, which was nominated for a Grammy® Award in Best Latin Tropical Album. In 2008, Tiempo Libre members incorporated their collective immigrant experience in an interactive musical production called Miami Libre, which premiered at The Adrienne Arsht Center.  In 2009, the group released its critically-acclaimed album Bach in Havana.

In addition to their performing and recording careers, the members of Tiempo Libre are committed to sharing their musical traditions through outreach and educational activities. They have participated in artist in residence programs at Michigan State University and Interlochen Academy.  The group has also become known for its inspiring classes on rumba, Latin jazz, and traditional Cuban music, designed to reach audiences of all ages and backgrounds. 

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“Overall, it’s a seamless fusion of disparate stylizations, although the ensemble projects a worldly view and express notions that innumerable genres can coalesce within the proper hands. The artists reinforce the premise that music in general, is an illimitable frontier.” – JazzReview.com

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