RELEASED: November 12, 2018
ARTIST: Ryan Timoffee
Cuban Safari
After two decades of freelance, teaching, touring and recording, the Canadian pianist found himself in Havana recording his first solo album “Cuban Safari”.  Alongside Cuban ex-pats Daymar Calvario, Daniel Rodriguez, Yasel Barreras and Camaguey-based Randy Veitia Godinez, the band recorded at an unknown studio in the Castro compound. Police pay-offs, a jam-packed vehicle full of musicians, 14-hour sessions, a missing sound engineer and detours around the Hurricane-flooded streets of Old Havana brought the world this hard-fought victory for music.  Cuban Safari breathes from a 1957 Chevrolet where Ryan Timoffee’s visions of Cuba meet the real Cuba in a dramatic meltdown.
Song Titles:

1. Super Tren

2. Bambino

3. Bolo

4. Guajira

5. Bio Ritmo

6. Border Control

7. Persigueme

8. Fantasma

9. Cohiba Funk

10. Tapp Timba


Keyboards – Ryan Timoffee
Bass – Daymar Calvario
Drums & Timbales – Daniel Rodriguez
Saxophone – Yasel Barreras Sifontes
Trumpet – Randy Veitia Godinez
Flute – Javier Porta
Guitar – Dean Faulkner
Tres – Yuniel Jimenez
Trombone – Diana Osumy Sainz Mena
Guitar – Roman Lajara
Vocals – Yoandri Castro

All Compositions by Ryan Timoffee
Recorded in Havana, Cuba and at Mercury Recording Studio in New Jersey, USA.
Sound Engineers:  Jerry Ramos and Evelio Rodriguez
Mixed and Mastered by Jerry Ramos
Album Artwork by Kristin Cooknell
Photography by Cheryl Ip