In celebration of the May release of their new timba album, My Secret Radio, the three-time Grammy nominated Cuban music group TiempoLibre, will perform a sizzling, dance-inducing concert and throw one big Cuban musical party on Friday, May 20th at 7:00 pm at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium located at 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street. Tickets are $45 for adults and $15 for students (with valid i.d.) and include entrance to the museum on the day-of the show and may be ordered by calling 212- 570-3949 or visiting www.metmuseum.org/tickets.
My Secret Radio is an Afro-Cuban love letter to the music which the band members secretly listened to on American radio stations when they were growing up during the "special period" in Cuba. During that difficult time following Russia's withdrawal of support from the island, there was little to eat and it was illegal to listen to American music on the radio. As musicians, TiempoLibre's members were fueled by their Afro-Cuban tradition, yet they were also eager to devour any scraps of sounds and styles that reached the island from Miami radio. So, like all teenagers who desire most the things that are most off limits, they salvaged aluminum foil and metal clothes hangers to fashion homemade antennas, and climbed up on their rooftops at night to secretly listen to the music which pulsated from Miami airwaves. This music of the night fueled their dreams of living in America, free to perform their songs, and live their lives the way they wanted. It gave them the desire and the strength that it took to leave it all behind - families, friends, a country, a life - to pursue those dreams. This album is their tribute to the many powerful voices that rocked their world, and the country that sang to them its siren song - via their secret radios. TiempoLibre's show is a dynamic, passionate performance of timba music-an exciting and engaging combination of Latin jazz and traditional Cuban son. The group's sound honors their Cuban musical heritage, while celebrating their new American experience. Just watch the group's performance on Dancing with the Stars.