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Back to Bach - Miami's Tiempo Libre Release New CD at Princeton NJ Concert

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Back to Bach
McCarter Theatre celebrates Latin rhythms and sounds with Tiempo Libre and the Conga Kings
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 2:54 PM EDT
By Megan Sullivan

"BACH by day, Afro-Cuban music by night. The members of the Miami-based Cuban band Tiempo Libre led double lives while growing up in Havana. They studied classical music at the city’s premiere conservatory, La Escuela Nacional de Arte, but risked expulsion if caught playing styles like timba.

”Every night, we played popular music in our homes,” says Jorge Gomez, pianist and musical director of Tiempo Libre. They would converge to perform Latin jazz, rumba and in tambores — religious ceremonies of the Afro-Cuban religion santería, which centered on playing the sacred batá drums. The next day: back to business with Bach.

That’s not to say the group disliked Bach — they revered the composer for his musical genius. “The fact that he was composing works for his contemporaries as a ‘popular’ artist while also creating deeply religious compositions, and that he was fascinated with dance rhythms, makes him an even more powerful inspiration for me,” Mr. Gomez says in press materials."


Bach I Havana
Audio CD (May 5, 2009)
Number of Discs: 1
ASIN: B001V732WY

1. Tu Conga Bach (Conga) (Inspired by the C Minor Fugue, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
2. Fuga (Cha-cha-chá) (Based on Sonata in D Minor, BWV 964, II. Fuga-Allegro)
3. Air on a G String (Bolero) (Based on Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: II. Air on a G String)
4. Clave in C Minor (Guaguancó) (Based on Prelude No. 2 in C minor, BWV 847)
5. Gavotte (Son) (Based on French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816: IV. Gavotte)
6. Mi Orisha (6/8 Batá) (Based on French Suite No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 813: Minuet)
7. Minuet in G (Guaguancó)
8. Olas de Yemayá (Batá) (Based on the C Major Prelude, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
9. Baqueteo con Bajo (Danzón) (Based on Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007)
10. Timbach (Timba) (Inspired by the D Major Prelude, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
11. Kyrie (Batá) (Inspired by Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: I. Kyrie)

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