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Alfredo Triff

Alfredo Triff is a violinist and composer. He studied at the National Conservatory of Music in Havana at age seven, under the direction of Radosvet Bojadieff.

During the 1970's Triff borrowed from contemporary music trends from Europe and the U.S. and made music combining avant-garde traditions and elements from the son montuno.

Shortly after, Triff founded Arte Vivo, a group of four instrumentalist-composers, involved with the contemporary music scene in Havana.

Not happy with the sociopolitical situation in the island, Triff left Cuba for the U.S. in 1980. He ended up in New York, where he relocated.

By the mid 1980’s Triff was playing with well-known musicians of New York underground music scene. In 1985, he started a long collaboration with Kip Harahan, a well-known composer and record producer. He recorded with Eddie Palmieri in his album “Sueño.”

From 1988-1990, Triff became a violinist in Hanrahan’s band, collaborating until this day in albums such as “Vertical Currency,” “Tenderness,” “Shadow Nights,” “Exotica,” “A Thousand Nights” and many others.

In 2001 Triff made his first album, 21 Broken Melodies with American Clave. The Paris-based magazine Vibrations nominated the album “best new CD for 2001,” and “one of ten best of 2001” at the He is featured in Jack Bruce’s last album “Shadows in the Air” and performed with his touring band.

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A natural sequel to “21 Broken Melodies” and “Boleros Perdidos,” Alfredo Triff has, with this work, stripped the colors of Cuban music of all outdated stereotypes. Rumba, habanera and charanga become overexposed with an abstract minimalism. Composed of fifteen vignettes, dadaSON is dedicated to “all the anarchists of the soul.” The album offers the look of an exile of his own tradition, to the point that Triff displays the famous urinal, good old Marcel’s throne as album cover.

Listen to haunting violin loops, complex percussive rhythms (by conga player Daniel Ponce), Roberto Poveda’s disenchanted voice accompanied by a piano’s brooding melody

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Self Produced


21 Broken Melodies At...

American Clavé



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