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. 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 & voice) and Jeff “Bongo” Busch (drums & percussion). They are frequently joined by electrifying vocalist, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Chava Mirel. 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 is due out this coming Spring.
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 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. She is currently working on a new album of original material in collaboration with duende libre.
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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!