Presenting the 3rd edition of the NYC South American Music Festival on January 12th!
December 30th, 2014
After two sold out editions, El Colectivo Sur, an artist collective fostering collaborations between South American musicians based in NYC and abroad, presents the 3rd Edition of the NYC South American Music Festival (NYCSAMF 2015). We are celebrating a vibrant new music scene, rooted in the folklores of various South American countries and encompassing myriad styles including pop, rock, jazz and everything in between. This year’s lineup will feature Camila Meza (Chile), Aquiles Baez (Venezuela), Sofía Rei (Argentina), Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet (Perú), and Nation Beat (Brazil/US). The festival is taking place on JANUARY 12th, 2015 at 7pm atMeridian 23 (161 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011) during the APAP NYC conference. This is an opportunity for arts presenters and audiences to enjoy this vibrant new music scene that has captivated the public globally.
JOIN US!!!! Buy your ticket in advance!!
7.30pm CAMILA MEZA
8.20pm AQUILES BAEZ
9.10pm SOFIA REI
10pm GABRIEL ALEGRIA AFRO PERUVIAN SEXTET
11PM NATION BEAT
Mundial Montreal in November!!
November 1st, 2014
Super psyched to announce that we have been selected to participate in Mundial Montreal this year! We will perform with my full band there on November 20th. This is a wonderful world music conference, the very first of its kind in North America. Join us at Club Balattou!
West Coast Tour ’14
September 21st, 2014
YES! My trio will be doing a series of shows in the west coast and we want to see you there! Join us in Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco….All details here!
MIM Music Theater, Arizona
September 20th, 2014
Join us at MIM Music Theater in Phoenix, Arizona!
Colombia in October
September 20th, 2014
Very happy to share this news with you! My trio with JC Maillard (guitar & sax bass) and Franco Pinna (drums & percussion) will be traveling to Colombia in October for a series of shows both in Bogotá and Medellín. Join us at Festival Distritofónico on October 17th in a double bill with Bituin at the beautiful Teatro Eliecer Gaitán in Bogotá. And in Medellín at CIRCULART 2014 (10/12) or our Masterclass/concert at EAFIT University (10/14). More info at www.sofiamusic.com/calendar
El Colectivo Sur presents Juancho Herrera + C4 Trio with special guests at Joe’s Pub, Sept 25th
September 20th, 2014
JOIN US for an evening of cutting edge Venezuelan music presented by El Colectivo Sur, an artist collective fostering collaborations between South American musicians based in NYC and abroad. The evening will feature NYC based singer songwriter Juancho Herrera, and world acclaimed folkloric string ensemble C4 Trio. They will be joined by special guests Argentinean vocalists Sofia Tosello and Sofia Rei.
Aca Seca Trio & Sofia Rei’s sextet at JOE’S PUB, May 29th
May 17th, 2014
EL COLECTIVO SUR presents SOFIA REI AND ACA SECA TRIO (for their USA debut)
WITH GUEST ARTISTS SOFIA TOSELLO & JUANCHO HERRERA
An evening with groundbreaking Argentine artists presenting new perspectives on South American music. NYC-based vocalist/songwriter Sofia Rei
combines in her music stylistic codes drawn from multiple sources, ranging from South American folkloric styles to jazz, and electronic sounds, bringing a bold new vision in the global music scene. Aca Seca Trio
has found the heart of South America in the sublime possibilities of its popular music, creating a thoroughly modern sonority that echoes the spirit of their continent’s rich heritage. This will be the trio’s North American debut, and they will be joined for this show by members from El Colectivo Sur: Sofia Tosello
and Juancho Herrera
New shows and Masterclasses announced in Mexico in JUNE!!!
May 16th, 2014
Sofia will be traveling to Mexico to do a week residency at EMSA in Guadalajara teaching Vocal Masterclasses (June 9th till 14th), a clinic at Arte Lab in Queretaro (June 16th) and shows in Cuernavaca (June 20th) and Mexico City (June 21st) with special guest Celso Duarte!
Full info on Calendar section.
Sofia Rei featured in The Music and Myth’s Top 5 Female Vocalists
May 12th, 2014
Florence Welch, Cibelle, Patricia Barber, Emmilou Harris and Sofia Rei were chosen as the top 5 female vocalists in The Music and Myth:
Read it here!
Premiere of Manuel Valera’s “Marti en Nueva York” with the New Cuban Express + Sofia Rei at Harlem Stage
April 30th, 2014
Grammy nominated New Cuban Express sextet interprets the poems of Jose Marti’s Versos Sencillos, written in New York in the late 1800s by this Cuban national hero, revolutionary philosopher and poet. Through contemporary jazz and Afro-Cuban music, the arrangements interweave contemporary post bop harmony, ancient percussion of the African batá drums, chamber music-like sections, chants, call-and-response techniques originating in Africa.
With the Klezmatics at Town Hall, NYC
March 20th, 2014
FUN TIMES presenting Havana Nagila with The Klezmatics at Town Hall in New York
Featured on ABC Radio, Australia
March 17th, 2014
Check out this great interview by Doug Spencer for “Books and Arts Daily” on ABC Radio, Australia.
SOFIA REI, AUDACIOUS ARGENTINIAN SONGSTER
“Her glorious voice makes its Australian debut at the 2014 Adelaide Festival, with John Zorn. In her own right Sofia Rei is a distinctive, creative and highly eclectic artist.”
NPR Tiny Desk Concert
March 2nd, 2014
So happy to be invited to one of my favorite NPR shows!
“For about 20 minutes one sunny afternoon, the NPR Music offices were converted into a small Latin American folk club, where Rei and her band treated us to stellar musicianship and genre-bending music.”
Sofia Rei Trio in MEXICO and California in March
March 1st, 2014
Shows in San Diego, Tijuana and Mexicali (FILUAB) with JC Maillard (guitar) and Tupac Mantilla (percussion)
Sofia Rei & JC Maillard join the premiere of JOHN ZORN’s Masada Book III Marathon at TOWN HALL, NYC
February 28th, 2014
An epic event featuring 20 new compositions by 20 different ensembles in one marathon evening—all performed for the first time. One of the most important composers and musicians of his generation, John Zorn has spent two decades building upon his exceptional Masada Songbook, now comprising 613 compositions.
The world premiere of John Zorn’sMasada Book Three: The Book Beriahis the newest addition to Zorn’s ongoing work and the last in the series, following 1993’s Masada Book One and 2004’s Masada Book Two: The Book of Angels. The newest Masada songs will be presented in a special marathon “shuffle” concert featuring no less that 20 different bands and more than 50 musicians from wildly divergent backgrounds—jazz, rock, classical, world music, pop and more. The premiere of “The Book Beriah” (Beriah means World of Creation) will be an unforgettable evening of new Jewish music that runs the gamut of emotions, influences and styles.The Book Beriah will feature John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Uri Caine, Secret Chiefs 3, Steve Lehman, Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey, John Medeski, Jon Madof and Zion 80, Klezmatics members Frank London and Matt Darriau, Abraxas, Cyro Baptista and Banquet of the Spirits, Many Arms, Sofia Rei, Eyvind Kang, Ikue Mori, Mark Feldman, Erik Friedlander, Jamie Saft, Cleric, Uri Gurvich and many more.
Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts @ JPAC
February 28th, 2014
Thrilled to be part of this series! Join my sextet on March 1st.
UNIVISION previews BPC show in Boston
February 18th, 2014
Here is UNIVISION’s segment previewing Mili Bermejo & Sofia Rei’s concert at the Berklee Performance Center on February 19th ’14.
“Berklee College of Music presents two generations of Latin American music”
Mili Bermejo & Sofia Rei @ BPC in Boston
February 1st, 2014
Mili Bermejo and Sofia Rei, two generations of singers who come from the soulful and passionate Latin American vocal tradition, join forces to present an intimate set of new originals at the Berklee Performance Center.
Presenting the Second Edition of NYC South American Music Festival
January 7th, 2014
This year, Sofia is in the production team along with El Colectivo Sur, presenting 5 new groups of great talent.
“Building on the success of a sold out first edition, the NYC South American Music Festival returns to Zinc Bar on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 8 PM during the APAP NYC conference. The festival celebrates a new movement in the US: music rooted in the folklores of various countries of South America, as they borrow from each other and meet with styles from all around the globe including pop, rock, jazz, world and electronica. These musicians have blurred the boundaries between their musical cultures and carved out a renovated identity of the South American diaspora.” 2014 edition artists are JUANCHO HERRERA, PEDRO GIRAUDO EXPANSIONS BIG BAND, ñAWI, ALEJO GARCIA and REBOLU.
Sofia Rei @Lincoln Center
December 10th, 2013
JOIN my sextet on December 26th for our last show of 2013 at the one and only Lincoln Center, the Atrium!
Feature on Kesta magazine, anticipating our show in Washington DC
December 5th, 2013
Great interview on Kesta magazine previewing Sofia Rei’s show at the Artisphere on Saturday, December 7th. Get your tickets!!
Artisphere in Washington DC
December 2nd, 2013
YES! Bringing the band back to Washington to a wonderful venue: the Artisphere. See you there!
Great review of our London show by LA TUNDRA magazine
November 8th, 2013
“A life celebration, the ceremony of singing as an act of offering to the gods”
“Su canto transporta a esas tierras donde transcurren las historias que narran sus letras, al olor de la tierra que antecede la lluvia, a las creencias populares, a las cholas con sus grandes sonrisas, a las danzas del folklore.
Una celebración a la vida, a la ceremonia de cantar como un acto de brindarse a los dioses.”
Awesome time at GLOBALQUERQUE!
October 8th, 2013
We had such a nice welcoming audience! Thanks for the invite. Here is a little memory of our show at one of my favorite world music festivals in the US: GLOBALQUERQUE!
Our London debut show at ReVoice! Festival @ Pizza Express Jazz Club
October 6th, 2013
Join us in London at ReVoice! Festival on October 17th.
“No stranger to London audiences, having appeared at last year’s ReVoice! with the extraordinary a cappella quartet, Mycale, and at the Barbican earlier this year as part of “Zorn@60″, Sofia Rei is now presenting her own band for the first time in the UK. We are happy to announce her performance at the ReVoice! Festival 2013 at London’s Pizza Express jazz club alongside Carleen Anderson, Kevin Mahogany, Beady Belle, Allan Harris, Carmen Souza, and more. Revoice!, now in it’s fourth year of production, is the brain child of London-based wonderful jazz singer Georgia Mancio and is dedicated to representing the best in established and emerging vocal talent from around the globe.”
Latvia show SOLD OUT in Riga, announcing a second show at 9.30pm
October 6th, 2013
Our first visit to Riga, Latvia, on October 18th, and our 7pm is sold out. A new show is now on sale at 9.30. Get your tickets now!
Sofia Rei @Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum
October 1st, 2013
Coming up! Free performance at the beautiful Brooklyn Museum on Saturday October 5th.
Sofia Rei trio @ Porgy & Bess in Vienna
September 1st, 2013
Looking forward to our trio show at this historic jazz venue on September 11th!
Sofia Rei sextet invited to participate in World Music Panama 2013
August 16th, 2013
Very happy to announce our upcoming show in Panama at the beautiful Teatro Balboa as part of the World Music Panama 2013 series. With Josh Deutsch (trumpet), Eric Kurimski (guitar), Jean-Christophe Maillard (guitar), Jorge Roeder (bass) and Yayo Serka (drums and percussion).
John Zorn’s Song Project “Tears of Morning”
August 15th, 2013
Here is a video of “Tears of Morning”, a composition by John Zorn I wrote the lyrics for, performed in Warsaw with the Song Project. I hope you enjoy it!