Meet Duende Libre
Duende with Vocals
Duende frequently performs with guest vocalists Frank Anderson and Chava Mirel. The pair’s dynamic vocals, engaging presence and original interpretations of jazz, R&B, gospel and West African songs offer an eclectic potpourri of soul-satisfying music.
Live on KNKX (w/Vocals)
From our recent KNKX in-studio performance…”Fefo” is a traditional rhythm from Hamana in the Republic of Guinea, arranged by Duende Libre and featuring Frank Anderson (vocals and sangban) and Chava Mirel (vocals).
Duende Live on KNKX
Duende performs “Bosphorus,” from our latest album Drift, live in the KNKX studios in Seattle, WA.
“….a thoroughly organic blend of groove and vibe, forged through careful study and dexterous versatility, as well as the earnest belief in the transformative power of music. Balancing lushly complex harmony and rhythm with melodic accessibility, and drawing from the well of jazz-based but globally minded musicians such as Chick Corea, Drift is a sublime tour de force and step forward for the band.”
— Andrew Luthringer (Earshot Jazz, Seattle, WA)
“Duende Libre combines the various traditions around us into compelling stories of what we have in common..”
— Ian Gwin (Earshot Jazz, Seattle, WA)
“Duende Libre is an exciting debut record that displays a multi-faceted band willing to take chances and allow the music to take them where it will. What sets them apart from studio session players, is that they perform with a zest that comes from their cross-cultural associations. World music is street music, and it’s that element that sparks life into this release.”
— James Nadal (All About Jazz)