Latin band Tiempo Libre, three times nominated
for Grammy Awards, brings its distinctive take on timba -- a genre that
blends Cuban music with salsa, American R&B and funk with the strong
influence of Afro-Caribbean folkloric music.
A highlight of the college's 2017 ALANA (African, Latino, Asian, Native American) Student Leadership Conference, Tiempo Libre offers "dance music of sophistication and abandon," the New York Times wrote, encouraging audiences to move to the dance floor.
Tiempo Libre's touring schedule has taken it to destinations as diverse as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and jazz clubs, as well as festivals from Rochester to Jakarta.
One of the group's well-regarded albums, My Secret Radio, pays homage to Tiempo Libre's teenage years in Cuba, when the government forbade its citizens to listen to American music. "A landmark recording in the sense that Miles Davis' 'Kind of Blue' was approximately 50 years ago. Nothing short of miraculous!" raved the Latin Jazz Network. Other CDs include Panamericano, Bach in Havana and O'Reilly Street.