BIOGRAPHY AND NEW ALBUM
Timbalive was created in Miami in August 2008 by Leo Garcia (Director, Timbales), offering the best of Cuban Music with a mix of different rhythms from around the world.
Based in Miami and integrated by highly trained musicians from Music Schools in Cuba, Timbalive is one of the largest and most successful groups of Timba in United States and the world.
Timbalive began recording their first album in May 2009 with the musical production of Bayron Ramos, songs of their own inspiration and from other composers.
The album "From Miami a la Habana" was first available in November 2009. Since the release of this album, Timbalive established themselves in the limelight of international music, featuring at the top of the Top 10 charts around the world. The band was awarded for Album Revelation of the Year in France and the Best Album of Timba in Peru. During 2009 and 2010 Timbalive toured two times in Europe, Mexico, Canada, South America and many states in the US. Hit songs like "El Dinero", "Ave Maria que Calor" and "Como Miami no hay Na'" still sound in radios and night clubs worldwide.
In 2010, the band started recording their second album, "La Timba pa' to el mundo" was first available in June 2011.
The success of Timbalive achieved in the first 3 years of existence was not at all accidental, but the deserved result reached by perseverance, intensive work and the ability to find what in the music scene is called "Own Sound". The sound of Timbalive is an inimitable blend of Caribbean rhythms, popular Cuban music, lyrics and arrangements designed for the dancer. The second album was nominated for Cubadisco Awards, the most important award in Cuba, in the category Popular Cuban Music.
LEO GARCIA - Director, Drums, Timbal
BAYRON RAMOS - Trombone, Arrangements
COKY GARCIA - Congas
YAN CARLOS ARTIME - Piano
LALO VAZQUEZ - Bass
BORIS MONTERECY - Singer
CARLOS PARRA - Singer
EYLEN REMON - Singer
AILYN DALLERA - Singer
WILLIAM PAREDES - Trombone
YOSMEL GARCERAN - Trombone
JULIO MONTALVO - Trombone
After several World Tours, Timbalive recorded in 2013 "Con la Musica Cubana No", a perfect blend of melody and sagacity, novelty and strength. The "montuno" songs and the quality of its members undoubtedly mark a momentous in the musical "salsero" universe of the last decades.
With this album, Timbalive, on several international tours, conquered European, South American, North American and Asian audiences, becoming real ambassadors of popular Cuban music.
Applauded by crowds, acclaimed and demanded by the international music scene, Timbalive is now presenting their latest work, "Gasolina de Avion". The name refers to the power of the music in this production, with songs featuring some of the most famous cuban artists like singer/songwriter and Grammy winner Descemer Bueno, Los 4, Roberto "Van Van" and Maykel Fonts among others. The first single of this production, "Todo lo que Tu quieras" was released in November 2015.
FROM MIAMI A LA HABANA (2009)
SALSAPOWER.COM REVIEW: You wanted to end the year dancing? Look no further,Timbalive will wear out your dancing shoes and then some.The hilarious "Dame un tin" kicks off with the complaint "In Miami nobody wants to dance" with the trombones coming at you full speed like a New York subway train.The nice tribute to Juan Formell "Chirrin Chirran" shows the importance of this man's musical legacy across the globe.Norberto Rodríguez's electric guitar adds a different flavor to this track. Special guests Mayito Rivera, Pedrito Calvo, Issac Delgado, Manolin el Médico de la Salsa and others appear on the sizzling title track. And while you would think a song armed with so many superstars
would outshine any other tune on the CD, that honor goes to core member vocalist and songwriter Boris Monterecy. His "Ave María qué calor" with a combination of Rumba, Timba and "guapería" makes it one of the best dance tracks of 2009. While we have to look at other alternative ways of finding good music (internet, underground clubs, word of mouth, etc.), Timbalive makes that search more than worth it. This is a must!
LA TIMBA PA' TO EL MUNDO (2011)
After giving the full CD a fair second hearing, most of it is not just legit Timba, it's the real deal. This band began doing Los Van Van covers before it developed its original material, some of its members have performed with Los Van Van and vice versa, and of the bands playing Timba in the United States, this is probably the one that cranks out dance tunes in the style closest to what bands like Los Van Van and Dan Den have been doing on the island. All of the tracks on this CD are
original material. The tracks don't clearly divide between Reggaeton vs. Timba, rather they transition in
and out within many of the songs, and the transitions are smooth enough to keep the dancers moving. Our personal favorite track in the recording is a smoking conga, Sopia Mi Trombon . Mayito Rivera turns in a cameo appearance on one of the tracks, Vive La Vida. Another favorite of ours was Se Quema Timbalive , which starts with a little soul mixed in and then settles into straight Timba. La Timba pa' to' el mundo is very much a wall to wall dance album, so we aren't going to do an in-depth analysis of its tracks. Like many bands on the island, the trombones are in charge in the metales, and the voicings are great both for the bones and the vocalists (most of the time, they do actually sing.) It sticks to its agenda without any sidetracking into other things. But it hits on the right cylinders so well that even this hard-liner has to forgive the amount of Reggaeton content simply because the Timba content is so good. In fact, if you don't share this writer's feelings about Reggaeton, this CD should be considered a must-have for dancers, and even if you do share his views, it is still definitely a should-have. And as always, we salute every US-based band that has the courage to play this music and do it well in today's market. So hats off to you, Timbalive, for helping to spread the musical message.
CON LA MUSICA CUBANA NO! (2013)
The 3rd time's a charm for Timbalive , as they deliver a hard hitting Timba CD straight from the USA. One of the main objectives of Timba is to make you dance. "No cabe duda", "Tu eres candela", "Conmigo no" and "Lo que se da no se quita" are a perfect example of that. All original tunes, with a dash of reggaeton, heavy bass, percussions on the forefront, a vocalist with excellent tones, one or two lines in
English and plenty of groove. This is a party CD! But as you are getting comfortable jamming to the hard hitting Timba , right in the middle of the CD, we get . "Ese atrevimiento", a rumba that has power, speed,
lyrics about disrespect and of course "guapería". Modern rumba does not get better than this. While you can hear their Van Van and Dan Den influence, they are able to swing without being copycats. What's more impressive, is that they are from el "Yuma". ¡Ñó!
GASOLINA DE AVION (2016)
Gasolina de Avion continues Timbalive's successful
history of collaborations with other artists, this time with multiple guests including Descemer Bueno, Maykel Fonts, Robertón from Los Van Van,Los 4 and others. In addition to being one of the few authentic Timba bands in the United States, Timbalive has accomplished something that I find remarkable - it has elevated a fusion of Timba with Cubaton and Timbaton to a level that viejos like me find perfectly enjoyable without driving away the younger generation. Songs like Todo lo que tu quieras prove that these styles can happily coexist if played by genuine musicians with
high standards. Gasolina has a nicely-varied song list that contains some of that fusion along with more old school TImba (as in Amores extraños, La Suegra, Duplicandote la dosis) and Rumba (Baila Rumbero). Highly Recommended.
Spain - Italy France - Switzerland - Sweden - Slovakia -
Russia - Netherland Germany (2010) (2011) (2012) (2013) (2014)
Mexico - Peru - Argentina - Martinique Island - St Lucia Island (2010) (2011) (2012) (2013) (2014) (2015)
Miami - Houston - Chicago - New York - San Francisco - Los Angeles - Portland - Seattle - Oregon - New Mexico - West Palm Beach - New Jersey - Utah
Vancouver (2009) (2010) (2011) (2012) (2013) (2014) (2015)