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 as a trio project duende libre. Their self-titled debut album 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.
duende libre is an inspired new power trio featuring longtime collaborators Alex Chadsey (piano/keyboards/compositions), Farko Dosumov (electric bass) and Jeff “Bongo” Busch (drums & percussion). duende libre utilizes the American jazz tradition as a point of departure for daring explorations of traditional and classical music from the Americas, Europe and Africa, yielding catchy melodies, lush harmonies, and wholehearted groove.
Bursting onto the Seattle scene in February 2016, duende libre has quickly earned a reputation for being innovative, uplifting and accessible to a wide-range of listeners. Their self-titled debut album was released May 5, 2017 and is now available now on CD Baby, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and at all upcoming live shows.
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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 Fall 2017. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions!