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.

PRESS

“….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)

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Live at Rainier Arts Center (Seattle, WA)

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Duende Libre

Keyboard player Alex Chadsey was fluent in jazz and classical forms. He’d walked the usual, rigorous path of a conservatory-style music education. Then he wound up in Seattle, University of Michigan music degree in hand, not sure of what to do. The answer: Play in salsa bands, perfect his montuno, and learn how music creates community.

Chadsey’s creative output changed dramatically, coming together in 2016 as a trio project Duende Libre. Their self-titled debut album (released May 5, 2017) distills years of performing, apprenticing with master musicians, and crafting originals that explore Latin elements in new contexts. The results are savvy and grooving, reflecting the Seattle scenes Chadsey inhabits and loves, where Uzbek bassists and Jamaican poets and border-crossing fandangos power musical visions.

An inspired power trio, Duende Libre features longtime collaborators Alex Chadsey (piano/keyboards/compositions), Farko Dosumov (electric bass) and Jeff “Bongo” Busch (drums & percussion). They are frequently joined by Frank Anderson, a dynamic and engaging vocalist, drummer and dancer and Chava Mirel, electrifying singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Duende Libre utilizes the American jazz tradition as a point of departure for daring explorations of traditional and classical music from the Americas, Europe & Africa, yielding catchy melodies, lush harmonies, and wholehearted groove. Their second album Drift is available now!

Next Events

  1. Duende Libre @Musicquarium Happy Hour

    April 11 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
  2. DL + Frank Anderson

    April 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PDT
  3. Duende Libre @Tula’s

    April 17 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm PDT
  4. DL + Frank Anderson

    April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
  5. DL + Frank Anderson

    April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm PDT

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