Armed with Classical conservatory training and Cuban heritage, Miami-based Tiempo Libre has scored three Grammy nominations and international acclaim since forming in 2001. The music collective’s explosive hybridization of Timba, Son and Latin Jazz routinely fills dance floors and electrifies audiences worldwide. The group possesses a seamless ability to inhabit stages in dance clubs, Jazz joints and concert halls with equal amounts of passion and precision.
The septet’s latest album, My Secret Radio, recalls a time when the Castro regime banned American music from its airwaves, forcing teenagers to improvise ways to receive the irresistible signals emanating from Miami.
Some of Tiempo Libre’s members, including founder/musical director Jorge Gomez, lived through that era and escaped Cuban tyranny to pursue their musical dreams in America. My Secret Radio tributes the artists that gave them the courage to sacrifice everything for those dreams.
Since the beginning, Tiempo Libre has sought the widest spectrum of music listener, blending its Classical schooling with its Afro-Cuban DNA for a wild sonic gene splice that is simultaneously cerebral and visceral. Signed to Sony’s neo-Classical imprint Masterworks, Tiempo Libre has worked with the likes of Sir James Galway, Arturo Sandoval, Celia Cruz, Joshua Bell and Gonzalo Rubalcaba and somehow has found the impossible connective tissue between the most disparate music imaginable.
Occupy the aisles — Tiempo Libre has come to liberate you from your seats.
TIEMPO LIBRE plays Music Hall Friday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Jan. 21 with the CINCINNATI POPS ORCHESTRA. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.