Timbason la Original

Why book Timbason la Original?

The newest and most controversial music out of Cuba, Timba is like salsa on steroids. It incorporates influences from Brazilian music, R&B, hip-hop and salsa. Note the different roles the piano and bass play. Just two samples do not do justice to this anything-goes genre. Son is a style of popular dance music that originated in the Oriente province of Cuba. It is the foundation of modern salsa. There are several hybrids of Son, including Son-montuno, Afro-son and Guajira-son. There are two examples here: one very traditional, and one more modern.

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Awesome dance band for Cuban themed 50th birthday party!

Timbason is awesome! I got more than my money's worth. The band members arrived well ahead to set up and gave us a ton of great music in three long sets! They were all courteous and friendly to our guests and even threw in some salsa lessons! I would hire Timbason again should the opportunity arise and would definitely recommend to friends, clients and colleagues. Thanks for helping to make my husband's 50th birthday party a great success! You just can't throw a party without great music as the number one priority.

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Reviewer: Charlotte T. L.
Event: Birthday Party in Bethesda, MD
Event Date: Mar 8, 2014
Hired As: Latin Band, Salsa Band

Imagine Festival performance 2013

Thank you to Jose Lorenzo and Havana Soul for performing at the Imagine Festival, held in Richmond, VA on 10/19/13. The band did a great job in closing our multicultural event, held outdoors at Broad Rock Park. In spite of the rain, the band got the audience dancing and did a great job! I recommend them for future events.

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Reviewer: Tanya G.
Event: Festival in Richmond, VA
Event Date: Oct 19, 2013
Hired As: Latin Band, Latin Band

Ultimate dance band for ballroom dancer birthday party.

Timbason created the ultimate salsa, latin dance music for our birthday party dance at Social Graces Ballroom studio last night. Incredibly exciting to see a large group of trained dancers get the ultimate music challenge to show their stuff. The party in Virginia was transported to exotic Latin fantasy lands with this incredible group. As the official birthday girl, all I can say is, let's do it again! Professional, fun group who went the extra mile to make my surprise party a blast. It's one thing to train in the latin dances but it's a dream come true to put it to the test with this authentic, high grade music performed live right in front of you with my friends. Thank you!!!!!

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Reviewer: Stephanie L.
Event: Birthday Party in Berryville, VA
Event Date: Jul 28, 2012
Hired As: Salsa Band

Excellent Band!!!

Our school had a Cinco de Mayo fundraiser and decided to incorporate live latin entertainment and we chose Timbason and are so glad we did. There variety of salsa, merengue, latin jazz was outstanding and was a great hit at our event. Both Jose Lorenzo, the owner of the band, and his female vocalist, Laura Soza, were very accomodating with us throughout the evening when we needed to mix in our live auction segment between their musical segments (which did not work well but no fault of Timbason!) but I can tell you when they sang it was well worth the wait for the attendee's. I plan on booking them for another non-profit which I am on their board and would highly recommend them to anyone that would like to have latin musical variety by a very talented band. In addition to Jose and Laura, the rest of the band was equally as great. Keep up the great work Timbason!!

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Reviewer: Erik
Event: Fundraiser in Chantilly, VA
Event Date: May 5, 2012
Hired As: Latin Band, Cuban Entertainment, Latin Jazz Band, Salsa Band, Samba Band

Review by Sheila . K.

Hi Andy and thanks for following up. TimbaSon well exceeded my expectations. My guest could not stop talking about their sound, voices and impeccable performance. They were a wonderful compliment to the surprise party. I just loved their music. How awesome!!!

Thank you for being such a professional and a joy to work with. I’m sure you’ll hear from my friends and family in the future if we find ourselves in need of your services.

Keep up the excellent work.

Sheila Kates

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Reviewer: Sheila . K.
Event: Private Party in Washington, DC
Event Date: Aug 14, 2006

Review by Nejfelt, C.

Today is the first day since the wedding that I have touched my email, so sorry for the delay! Timbason was awesome!!! I was incredibly impressed with you and Sam Hill, and the band was great to work with. My event coordinator at the site said that everyone showed up early, and most importantly, their music was perfect! Everyone was dancing and raving about how great they were. The caterer also wanted their information so that she could recommend them to people. I eventually want to go on to your site to post my review to let everyone know how great they were. I was slightly nervous since I had never seen them perform before (just heard the samples on your website), but they were even better than what I was expecting.

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Reviewer: Nejfelt, C.
Organization: none
Event: Wedding Ceremony in Norfolk, VA
Event Date: Dec 29, 2009

Review by Leonne A.

Timbason was fabulous! People hit the dance floor once Timbason began playing and it remained packed until the music stopped. We have received numerous compliments on the quality of the band. I believe very much in supporting performing artists. Nothing comes close to the real thing. Thank you again for your help. It was a pleasure doing business with your company and Timbason.

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Reviewer: Leonne A.
Organization: Private
Event: Private Party in Virginia Beach, VA
Event Date: Jun 23, 2010
Hired As: Latin Band

Review by Denise O.

We love Timbason! They Really got the crowd going tonight and up on their feet dancing!. Their music was really high energy and just what we needed to start out our summer concert series. The guys were great to work with - very courteous and gracious and their music was superb. Many people complimented them at the end of the evening. Port Warwick will definitely have Timbason back next year! They were fantastico!

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Reviewer: Denise O.
Event: Wedding Reception in Newport News, VA
Event Date: Jun 4, 2009
Hired As: Latin Band

Review by may

I think everyone should hire a salsa band for their weddings. Everyone had the best time with Timbason. I don't think I could have gotten more compliments about their performance. Their style and music fit the evening perfectly and we couldn't be happier with our choice. Thanks again for your help with booking them. I will definately be recommending them to any friends of mine getting married in VA in the future.

Thanks again!
May

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Reviewer: may
Organization: casterline
Event: Anniversary Party in Port Washington, NY
Event Date: Jul 14, 2009
Hired As: Latin Band

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 45 - 150 minutes
  • Fee: $1200-$7000.00
  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Unions: None

Overview

Timbason covers both the traditional and new sounds coming out of Cuba. Like salsa on steroids, it incorporates traditional salsa with modern Timba music popular in Cuban dance clubs today, creating a truly Cuban sound that is more authentic than most Cuban-American bands, and also more up-to-date.
Timbason La Original is mix of Cuban jazz, Latin, salsa,Timba, Cha cha Cha , Mambo, Rumba, fusion and World music,

Additional Booking Notes

We Have all the Details For Lighting, Staging ,Sound and Rider Info,

Timbason la Original

Jose Lorenzo Renya has always been a risk-taker. As a teenager in Cuba in 1994 he was nearly arrested for painting anti-government murals in Havana. That same night, he and his cousin decided to leave Cuba by swimming for 3 days straight to Guantanamo Bay. Jose was 17 at the time, and he had big dreams of coming to America. After coming ashore at gunpoint, and eleven days of interrogation, he was finally allowed to come to the U.S. as an asylum seeker.
More then a decade later, Jose is living the dream. As founder and lead singer of one of the most respected Cuban bands in the Virginia-Washington, DC region, Jose is changing the musical landscape with his band Timbason.
Timbason covers both the traditional and new sounds coming out of Cuba. Like salsa on steroids, it incorporates traditional salsa with modern Timba music popular in Cuban dance clubs today, creating a truly Cuban sound that is more authentic than most Cuban-American bands, and also more up-to-date.

“Cuban music is hard to play,” says Jose. “You really have to grow up surrounded by it, or you have to have studied it quite a bit. There are basic recipes: mambo, cha-cha, salsa, son, boleros, all of which can be butchered in a cheesy Doris-Day way. Or you can get the real spine-tingling effect of a dozen instruments playing layer after layer on a basic rhythm of a Guaguanco (Cumba – cun-cun – Cumba-cun-cun), until the room rocks.”

I'm like an old man,” Jose says, laughing. “I don't smoke. I rarely drink. My only vice is black coffee.”

Not surprisingly, Jose works as the band's booking agent and manager, and the work was tough, especially in the beginning. Connecting audiences in Richmond, Virginia to the sounds of a mambo was tricky work, especially when Latin clubs were so scarce. But times are changing, and the people have caught on.

“What I see now when I play is groups of people dancing and having fun, and that's it. It's not really important that I'm singing in Spanish, or if they're American or not. If you can transmit your energy through the music, you're speaking a universal language. Besides, Cuban music is really just beautiful music.”

Timbason takes its name from Son, the most influential form of Latin music in the late 1800s, and Timba, a Cuban version of America's soul and funk. The newest and most controversial music out of Cuba, Timba is like salsa on steroids. It incorporates Brazilian music, R&B, hip-hop, Latin jazz, and Cuban salsa. Son, on the other hand, is a style of dance music that originated in the Oriente province of Cuba. It is the foundation of modern salsa. Timbason combines all of this in a unique hybrid of modern Cuban music that is more up-to-date and more in tune with the real music that Cubans listen to today.

The team providing the talent:

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Jose Lorenzo

Set List

We Work with Different Set List Depend of the Event, From Background Music, Very Energetic Music, Original, Covers As Requests etc

Influences & Inspiration

Cuban and New Orleans music, also cubans Groups like, Los Van Van, Elio Reve, Son 14, Manolito y Su trabuco, PuPy y lo que son Son , Paulito FG, Buena Vista Social Club, Marc Anthony, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Tito Nieves etc.

Setup Requirements

2 Electrical Outlets

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Lighting

Snacks occasionally

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