Sofia Rei May Residency at Subrosa

April 1st, 2015
We are happy to announce our May residency at Subrosa NYC, a new venue established by the Blue Note and described as “a  new creative hub for eclectic music, with an emphasis on Latin and world music”. I will be bringing four different projects for 2 sets on Saturday May 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd. Check out the details below and join us at this great new club at the heart of the meatpacking district of Manhattan!

 

May 2nd: Sofia Rei sextet + special guests 

8pm show
10pm show 
Sofia Rei: vocals, charango
Eric Kurimski: guitar
Josh Deutsch: trumpet
Jorge Roeder: upright bass
Franco Pinna: drums, percussion
+ special guests:
Celso Duarte: harp, charango, jarana
Pablo Reyes: guitar

 

May 9th:  El Colectivo Sur presents Mundo Vox
An Evening of Duos with Three Argentine voices singing out loud: 
Roxana Amed, Sofia Tosello & Sofia Rei 

8pm show
10pm show

Roxana Amed: vocals
Frank Carlberg: piano

Sofia Rei: vocals, charango
Jorge Roeder: upright bass

Sofia Tosello: vocals
Franco Pinna: drums, percussion
Special guest: Yuri Juarez: guitar

This show is presented in collaboration with El Colectivo Sur, an organization co-founded by Sofia Rei that embraces a vision of South American music rooted in folkloric traditions influenced by contemporary styles, and for this edition Sofia has invited two of her peer Argentine vocalists: Roxana Amed and Sofia Tosello.
Born in Buenos Aires, vocalist and songwriter, recording artist Roxana Amed is a strong reference of Argentine original vocal jazz, well known for her jazzy sound for poetry in Spanish. Amed also takes Argentine music, folk and rock to the jazz language and sound, paying tribute to Argentine authors. Her sixth album, La sombra de su sombra –nominated  for a Gardel Award in Argentina, was a special project with pianist and composer located in NY, Frank Carlberg, who wrote music for poems by Alejandra Pizarnik, one of the most important poets in Argentina and in Spanish language. For this special concert this unique duo will include some music from this work and also Argentine songs. www.roxana-amed.com

Sofia Tosello’s music is rooted in the variety of Latin American cancion traditions, including tango, chacarera, bolero filin, son, zamba and Brazilian popular music, with shades of jazz and a bit of funk. Sofia has performed and recorded with talented and renown musicians such as, Grammy Winner Thalia, Grammy Nominee Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra, Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernandez, Guillermo Klein, Aquiles Baez and more. www.sofiatosello.com

 

May 16th:  John Zorn Masada Book III: The Book Beriah

8pm show
10pm show 
with Sofia Rei and JC Maillard plus special guests
Sofia Rei: vocals
JC Maillard: saz, guitar

The epic world premiere of John Zorn’s Masada Book Three: The Book Beriah took place at the Town Hall in March 2013. This was the newest addition to Zorn’s ongoing work and the last in his famous Masada series, a collection of albums featuring some of the best musicians in the scene including Medeski, Martin & Wood, Pat Metheny, Marc Ribot, Uri Caine and Erik Friedlander. Sofia Rei was recently commissioned by Zorn to write lyrics and arrange a full album for the series, anticipated to be recorded and released in late 2015. She is doing this project collaboratively with guitarist and saz player  Jean-Christophe Maillard. Several of the songs of this new project will be performed here for the first time!

 
May 23rd: Sofia Rei trio

8pm show
10pm show
Sofia Rei: vocals
JC Maillard: saz, guitar
Yayo Serka: drums, percussion

 



Join us in Denver, Colorado at Swallow Hill’s ALTITUD- Latin American Music Festival!

April 1st, 2015

Swallow Hill Music presents Altitud-Latin American Music Festival on April 11th in Denver, Colorado. Very happy to be part of it. We will Mr Leo Genovese on keys, and Franco Pinna on drums. Get your tix!

 



Wonderful review of Albuquerque show at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on ABQ Todo!

March 30th, 2015

“So charged is Sofía Rei she can generate enough energy to power a city. She set up her Albuquerque switching center Friday night at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and transmitted her fiery sound right through the full house and out over the Sandias. [...] This is the voice that is reserved for highly evolved and loving beings. Those fortunate to hear it have been granted a special access pass to a loftier stage. Packed inside her music are ancient tones of creation, contemporary calls of earthly truth and metagalactic chants of promise.”

THANKS Jain Lemos and ABQ Todo!

 

 

 



Albuquerque, Minneapolis and Denver

March 13th, 2015

Don’t miss our upcoming shows in the US!

March 13th: LATIN DIVA series at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM
with Josh Deutsch, Eric Kurimski, Leo Genovese, Pablo Menares & Franco Pinna
March 16th: DAKOTA Jazz Club, Minneapolis, MN
with JC Maillard & Franco Pinna
April 11th: ALTITUD- Latin American Music Festival at Swallow Hill Music, Denver, CO
with Leo Genovese $ Franco Pinna

 

 



“Authenticity through awareness” an in depth interview by Andrei Cherascu

March 13th, 2015

Here is a wonderful article-interview-review of our performance at the Vienna Konzerthaus last February.  Andrei Cherascu of The Music and Myth intended on making the “most comprehensive article ever written” about me and my music. He traveled for 6 hours from Rumania to see our performance at the Wiener Konzerthaus and wrote this great piece, including an interview and a review of the show. Check it out here!

 



Preview of Albuquerque concert on “Musically Speaking”

March 13th, 2015

“Choirgirl, classical mezzo-soprano, punk rock drummer, explorer of South American folkloric traditions, and student of jazz, Argentinian singer/songwriter Sofia Rei has crossed many
musical borders. Her passport has always been a strong and supple voice, one of those rare
instruments that bypasses the circuitry of the listener’s brain and plunges right into the chest—it’s a visceral experience.” Mel Minter



European Tour Spring ’15

February 16th, 2015

So happy to announce all our European Tour dates with my trio with JC Maillard and Tupac Mantilla! Please join us in our concerts in Berlin, Halle, Riga, Rezneke, Vilnius, Vienna and Valencia. We will have some very special guests as well. See you there!



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!!

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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.”

Leela aqui!