About 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. The following year the group released their debut album, which 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 folk and classical music from the Americas, Europe and Africa, yielding catchy melodies, lush harmonies, and wholehearted groove. Jazziz called Duende Libre’s music “a strikingly authentic blend” and Earshot Jazz wrote “Duende Libre is aural balm for the soul…” Their second album Drift (released Spring 2018) received an Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award for “2018 NW Jazz Recording of the Year.”
Frank Anderson’s warm tenor voice and original renditions of jazz, R&B, blues and gospel songs from the 30s to the early-70s offer an eclectic range of soul-satisfying music. A Seattle native, Frank has been performing as a dancer, percussionist and R&B vocalist since 1986. Now in his sixth decade of life he is dancing a little less and singing more. You can catch Frank Anderson with many of Seattle’s top musicians at local clubs such as Capitol Cider, Egan’s and North City Bistro, where audiences adore his soulful delivery and engaging stage presence.
Chava Mirel is a singer, composer & multi-instrumentalist who combines rich, luxurious vocals with deep pocket rhythms to bring a new sound to Seattle music and in particular to the Jewish music community where she plays a leading role. With themes of gratitude, self-acceptance, balance and responsibility for each other, Chava’s songs bring comfort and uplift the spirit.
Duende Libre’s third album, The Dance She Spoke, is available now.
Check out our Online Press Kit (OPK) for more info, including the latest album reviews!
We offer a wide variety of workshops on topics ranging from fundamentals of Afro-Cuban rhythm to group improv and more. All our workshops emphasize participation and can be tailored to to meet the unique needs of each individual and group. For more information check out our pamphlet duende libre — Workshops. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions!