Three-time Grammy-nominated Afro-Caribbean music group Tiempo Libre is one of the hottest Latin bands today. Tiempo Libre is celebrated for its sophisticated tropical music featuring an irresistible, exhilarating mix of jazz harmonies, contemporary sound and seductive Latin rhythms. A “World Class Act…” declares the London Evening Standard. “Best Latin Band” – Miami New Times.
Luis Beltran Castillo, Saxophone & Flute
Jorge Gómez, Piano & Musical Director
Leandro González, Congas
Xavier Mili Saint-Ives, Lead Vocal
Israel Morales Figueroa, Drums
Wilber Rodríguez Guerra, Bass
Michel Ruíz Garcia, Trumpet
The members of Tiempo Libre grew up studying together in the classical music conservatories of Havana. Dreaming of freedom and opportunity, the seven musicians moved to the U.S., getting together in their “free time” (tiempo libre in Spanish) to play Cuban timba music. Today, these world music ambassadors feel lucky to have very little free time. They play their exhilarating, joyful music to packed houses via worldwide concert tours, and their albums have been released by leading record companies and honored with three Grammy nominations.
Throughout the past 14 years, the band has appeared around the globe and has been featured on television shows including The Tonight Show and Dancing with the Stars (see below) to name a few.