Award winning vocalist, songwriter and producer Sofia Rei is considered one of the most passionate and inventive vocalists on the current New York music scene. Her music explores connections between the various traditions of South American folklore, jazz, flamenco and electronic sounds. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sofia ties together diverse influences in a program full of rhythmic complexity, and a melodic purity that haunts even as it uplifts. She has collaborated with artists such as John Zorn (currently with Mycale and the Song Project), Maria Schneider, Bobby McFerrin, the Klezmatics, Myra Melford, Pedrito Martinez, Lionel Loueke, Guillermo Klein and Geoffrey Keezer (with whom she has earned a Grammy Nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album of 2009). She is also a faculty member of Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory.
Her third album, De Tierra Y Oro, has received two independent Music Awards in the World Beat category for Best Album and Best Song in 2013 and has been featured on CNN, NPR’s Tiny Desk, WNYC’s Soundcheck, The New York Times and many more. Her music has taken her all around the world to venues and festivals including Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, Blue Note, the Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Annenberg Center (Philadelphia), Chicago World Music Festival, SFJazz, Montreal Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Weiner Konzerthaus (Vienna), Glatt Und Verkehrt (Krems), Cité de la Musique (Paris), Festival Iberoamericano de las Artes de Puerto Rico, North Sea Jazz (Rotterdam), the Barbican (London), Jalisco Canta at Teatro Degollado (Guadalajara), Teatro Colsubsidio (Bogotá), Teatro Pablo Tobón (Medellín), Panama World Music, Festival Internacional del Cajon (Lima), Festival International de Jazz (Buenos Aires) and others. She continues to set herself apart with a bold new vision in the global music scene.
“… Rei and her band treated us to stellar musicianship and genre-bending music.” –NPR Music
“As the Argentine singer Sofía Rei led her multinational band, the passion and clarity with which she assayed a tricky mix of South American rhythms and jazz-inflected harmonies made clear why she has been embraced by New York City audiences from Carnegie Hall to the hippest downtown haunts.” – The New York Times
“Deep passion and a full spectrum of emotions.” – Downbeat Magazine