Boleros Perdidos
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Boleros Perdidos

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"Boleros Perdidos"

Emit, Tampa Bay's venerable series of concerts focusing on experimental, avant-garde and ethnic music, has really scored a coup with Boleros Perdidos (Love Songs Lost). Led by Miami violinist/composer (and Cuban expatriate) Alfredo Triff, and fronted by gruff-voiced singer Roberto Poveda, the group takes the raw materials of Afro-Cuban music and transforms them into a dissolute, late-night sound of heartbreak. Sublime sadness could hardly be hipper.- Eric Snider, creative, October 13, 2007. -

"Magic album"

D’Alfredo Triff, il demeure gravé en mémoire ses “21 Broken Melodies”, un disque produit par Kip Hanrahan, ami de vingt ans qui voyait en lui “le meilleur violoniste parmi les mathématiciens et le meilleur mathématicien parmi les violonistes.” Et puis il y eut “Mindtrance”, versant minimaliste. Depuis, plus de nouvelles. Jusqu’à ce mois d’avril 2007, et ces “Boleros Perdidos”, un projet dont nous avions parlé avec le natif de La Havane, grandi entre la musique contemporaine et les avancées du jazz latin : « le boléro, au prisme de la décadence de Miami », où il vit désormais. Entre les lignes, une histoire d’amour impossible entre deux êtres plongés dans la névrose urbaine. Voilà ce qu’évoquent ces 18 pièces, paroles et musique ciselées par Triff (hormis quelques reprises), avec percussions et piano, mises en sons surnaturels et habitées par les voix usées et les cordes abîmées, comme ce génial “Delirio” qui obsède et promet de terribles insomnies.- Jacques Denis, Vibration Magazine; Paris, France, August 2007. - Vibrations Magazine

"Night excess"

Boleros comes from the smoke-filled chamber of the heart where grief has grown more familiar -and sweeter- than love. Alfredo Triff’s compositions, punctuated by his haunting violin and Roberto Poveda’s poignantly raw voice, capture the anguished, liquor-kissed hours before dawn when there is nothing left for the soul to do but sing. Each song, like every heartbreak, is at once eternal and achingly new. Boleros is a reminder that what is most seductive about the obscure objects of our desire is not the objects themselves, but the darkness.- Celeste Frazer-Delgado (Music critic, Sun Post), March 2007.

- Category 305

"Dazzling Boleros"

Still the knowledge that even nostalgia is lost to us now lends poignancy to "Boleros Perdidos," the performance slated this Friday night at Café Nostalgia's original site. "Love Songs Lost," according to composer and violinist Alfredo Triff, is a journey into the dark, desperate pleasures of the city at night. Fronted by the whispers and smoldering poses of troubador Roberto Poveda, the very soul of dissolution, and backed by a stellar ensemble on keyboards, upright bass, percussion, and black box, Triff orchestrates the encore to nostalgia: melancolía.- John Anderson, "Dazzling Boleros," Miami New Times, April 2003.

- New Times


"21 Broken Melodies" (American Clave, 2001), "Mindtrances" (dadaMiami, 2003), "Boleros Perdidos" (dadaMiami, 2007). "Alfredo Triff's Postmodern Trio" (dadaMiami, in production, 2008).



Alfredo Triff is a violinist and composer (who founded "Arte Vivo," a group of four instrumentalists/composers in Havana in the late 1970s). Arte Vivo collaborated with composers, such as Luigi Nono, Leo Brower, Tischenko, and Hanz. In 1980, Triff left Cuba for New York. During the early 1980's he lived a double life: Playing gigs with some of the most important Latin bands in New York while making experimental music in the downtown and the West Village punk scene. Shortly after, composer and producer Kip Hanrahan asked Triff to become a member of his band (Triff ended up recording and playing in most of Hanrahan’s projects). All throughout the 1990's Triff played with distinguished musicians such as Cachao, Don Pullen, Jack Bruce, Eddie Palmieri, Arnaldo Antunes, etc. In addition, he composed some music for different ensembles (string quartet, orchestra, opera). In 2001, Triff produced his first album, "21 Broken Melodies." The CD was nominated "Best New Album of 2001" for Vibrations Magazine and was included among "Ten Best" by two important American critics. In 2002, Triff put out an experimental electronic CD ("Mindtrances," dadaMiami). His last album is "Boleros Perdidos" (dadaMiami, November 2007). Triff is currently working on his trio album (a project for violin, bass and congas).