Jorge Gómez (Music and Lyrics) Havana-born Jorge Gómez graduated from La ENA (Escuela Nacional de Arte), Cuba’s premier music conservatory. As a pianist in Cuba, Gómez performed with artists such as Bobby Carcassés, Charanga Latina, Angel Quintero and Beatriz Márquez. Seeking freedom and opportunity, he escaped to Guatemala where he lived for five years as an arranger and record producer while also performing with artists including Giovanni Hidalgo, Willy Colón and Eddie Santiago.
Upon his arrival in the United States in 2000, Gómez has expanded his activities as producer and arranger. He toured extensively with Albita through 2003. In 2001, Gómez founded Tiempo Libre, the first authentic all-Cuban timba band in the United States, and continues to serve as the group’s musical director and pianist. Gómez produced the group’s three Grammy-nominated albums Bach in Havana, Arroz con Mango and Lo Que Esperabas, as well as the group’s 2011 album My Secret Radio. They have played on the world’s most prestigious stages including Jazz at Lincoln Center; The Hollywood Bowl; Hong Kong’s Kwai Tsing Theatre; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Dewan Filharmonik Petronas in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Istanbul’s İş Arts and Culture Center.
This year Tiempo Libre released Panamericano, on Universal Music Latin Entertainment and Universal Music Classics. Guest artists included Jean Rodriguez, Yunel Cruz, Descemer Bueno, Frankie J, and Luis Fernando Borjas. On tour, the group will travel to Spain, the U.K., and China, with U.S. concerts in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.