Sofia Rei in NYC
Sofia Rei's music has taken her all around the world and earned her critical acclaim. Originally from Buenos Aires, she is grounded in traditional South American rhythms and merges jazz harmonies, electronic sounds and rich improvisations. Her ensemble produces a range of textures as diverse as the cultural roots of its members, an international cast that includes some of the most exciting young talent from North and South America.
Beginning next Tuesday, July 19th, Sofia Rei will do a week-long residency at The Stone in New York, John Zorn’s downtown musical laboratory and temple to new music. She will be presenting 12 shows of different projects in six days. 22 musicians including her long-time collaborators and new experiments. The residency will be both a retrospective of her last 15 years as an artist and an opportunity to present brand new work and will include special tributes to Latin American musical icons such as Violeta Parra, Cuchi Leguizamon and Mercedes Sosa. Click here to see the residency schedule.
The residency is the next step in Rei’s career in music exploring the connections between the various traditions of South American folklore, jazz, flamenco and electronic sounds. She has collaborated with artists such as John Zorn (currently with Mycale and the Song Project), Maria Schneider, Bobby McFerrin, the Klezmatics, Pedrito Martinez, Lionel Loueke and Geoffrey Keezer (with whom she has earned a Grammy Nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album of 2009).
De Tierra Y Oro, her most recent album from 2013, received two independent Music Awards in the World Beat category including the award for Best Album. The album's 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’s vibrant multi-tracked vocals and use of reverbs, delays and harmonizers made De Tierra Y Oro a bold departure from her previous work.
With De Tierra Y Oro, Sofia Rei continued to set herself apart in the global music scene. Her residency at The Stone is likely to present yet another bold new vision.