Sofia Rei

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.

 

Building on the success of her Independent Music Award-winning second release Sube Azul, Sofía returns with the spellbinding De Tierra y Oro (“Of Earth and Gold”). She describes the album as a series of “philosophical wanderings”—songs that draw on a wide range of South American folkloric influences and bracingly modern sounds, with Rei’s powerful voice in the forefront. The textures run the gamut of contemporary to traditional: from layered and effects-treated vocals, electric guitars, loops and drum machines to Bolivian charangos, Paraguayan harps, Colombian marimbas, Argentine bombos, Peruvian cajones and more. Rei tells stories that reflect her diverse travels and experiences.  The album 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, Chicago World Music Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Cité de la Musique, Festival Iberoamericano de las Artes de Puerto Rico, North Sea Jazz, the Barbican, Panama World Music, Festival Internacional del Cajon and others. She continues to set herself apart with a bold new vision in the global music scene.

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