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Tiempo Libre set for CT's Ridgefield Playhouse / The Newtown Bee

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If the only things that come to mind when you thing about Cuba are Castro, cigars, and Mojitos, the Ridgefield Playhouse wants to introduce Newtown music lovers with a little "free time" to another Cuban export: Tiempo Libre. The diverse ensemble of childhood music academy classmates is all grown up and cooking up a spicy banquet of original arrangements for a headline set on Wednesday, February 8 at 7:30 pm. Blending their popular Cuban music with salsa, American funk/R&B, and the strong influence of Afro-Cuban folkloric music - a/k/a Timba - Tiempo Libre blends an exhilarating mix of jazz harmonies with seductive Latin rhythms. The three-time Grammy-nominated group is one of the most in-demand Latin bands touring today as evidenced by its packed schedule of live shows around the globe in 2017.

Founder and Musical Director Jorge Gomez took time to chat with The Newtown Bee - "It wasn't our idea to record that song, it was the people at Fania Records," Gomez said. "Fania is a huge label, and they are trying to revive all the compositions and singers they have under their wings. So they give me the song by Lavoe - ‘Mi Gente' - and at the same time they give the same song to other people around the world to get different interpretations of that song."