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Tiempo Libre will perform in October

Tiempo LibreThe exciting and joyful sounds of traditional Cuban music flavored with modern interpretations will come to Transylvania at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 9, when the twice Grammy-nominated Tiempo Libre, a hot and relatively new Miami-based Latin band, appears as part of the Dorothy J. and Fred K. Smith Concert Series in Haggin Auditorium.

Members of the vocal and instrumental group of seven native Cubans immigrated to the United States at different times and followed various musical paths before joining in 2001 to form their band. The repertoire pays tribute to the music of their native country while infusing it with themes that reflect their new lives in America.

Tiempo Libre takes traditional Cuban elements such as rumba, cha-cha-cha, son, and danzon and mixes them with Latin jazz to create a dance-inducing contemporary form known as timba. Members play a mix of modern and traditional European and African instruments, including congas, campana, claves, timbales, drum kit, electric piano and bass, flute, and saxophone. The result is highly charged music that celebrates the joy of living.

The group’s musical background is a product of growing up in a country where the government forbid listening to American radio. They all received classical training while surreptitiously listening to Earth, Wind & Fire, the American band known for blending African and Latin themes, that became their heroes.

Tiempo Libre has performed in Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Italy, Greece, and Turkey, and in the United States in New Orleans, California, New York, and Colorado. They released their debut album—Arroz con Mango—in 2005, and followed that with Lo Que Esperabas in 2007. Both received Grammy nominations.

Dorothy J. Smith ’42 established the concert series in 2007 in appreciation for the opportunities Transylvania gave her as a student of music and English. The series is named for her and her late husband, a 1940 Transy graduate.

Visit Tiempo Libre's official Website.

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