(Special Guest Vocalist with Gregorio Uribe Big Band)
Award winning vocalist, songwriter and producer Sofia Rei is considered one of the most passionate, and inventive musicians on the current New York music scene. Her music explores connections between the various traditions of South American folklore, jazz, world music 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. 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.
Sofia is a restless artist. In a short period of time she has recorded, performed and collaborated with renowned musicians and groups such as John Zorn, Bobby McFerrin, Maria Schneider, Folklore Urbano, Frank London, the Klezmatics, Guillermo Klein, Celso Duarte, Lionel Loueke, Geoffrey Keezer, Pavel Urkiza (Gema y Pavel), Russ Ferrante (Yellow Jackets), Bob Moses, Steve Lacy, Aquiles Baez, Samuel Torres Group, Pedrito Martinez, La Bomba de Tiempo, Alcatraz, and Avantango. She toured Europe with the Grammy award winning Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra and premiered with the group Cerulean Skies, a piece commissioned by the New Crowned Hope Festival in Vienna. In May of 2008, she was featured with vocal giant Bobby McFerrin in Instant Opera at Carnegie Hall. The piece was a fully improvised opera based on the story of the Tower of Babel. Sofia is a member of “Mycale”, a NY based international a- capella quartet with Ayelet Rose Gottlieb (Israel), Malika Zarra (Morocco) and Sara Serpa (Portugal). Mycale was commissioned by composer John Zorn to arrange, perform and record eleven compositions from his Book of Angels: Masada Book II. Their cd “Mycale: Book of Angels 13” was released in early 2010, and they have been touring internationally since then. Sofia is currently part of John Zorn’s Song Project, along with vocalists Mike Patton and Jesse Harris. She is also the vocalist of Geoffrey Keezer's Aurea, whose self-titled 2009 release received a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album. In October 2009, Sofia contributed her vocals to Ljova Zhurbin’s Niña Dance, a song cycle inspired by the unsolved murders & disappearances of women and young girls in the city of Juárez, Mexico. The premiere of this piece took place at Zankel Hall and it was commissioned by the Carnegie Hall Corporation in 2009. In December 2009 she was one of four featured vocalists chosen to premiere newly commissioned work as part of The Jazz Gallery's "New Voices" concert series.
Sofia has toured Europe, North and South America singing at renowned international festivals and venues such as the Carnegie Hall (NYC), Town Hall (NYC) , Kennedy Center (Washington DC) , Lincoln Center (NYC), the Village Vanguard (NYC) the Chicago World Music Festival (Chicago, IL), the Museum of Latin American Art (Los Angeles), Aspen/Snowmass Jazz Festival (Aspen, CO), the International Jazz en Lima Festival and International Cajon Festival (Peru), the Festival Iberoamericano de las Artes (Puerto Rico), Cite de la Musique (Paris, France), Barbican (London, UK), North Sea Jazz (Netherlands), the Festival de Jazz de Barcelona ,Festival Grec (Spain), ReVoice! (UK), Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada), Teatro Manzoni (Italy), Tom de Festa (Portugal), Beit Avi Chai (Israel) the Lapataia Jazz and World Music festival (Uruguay), the International Jazz and Modern music Festival (Bogota, Colombia), World Music Panama, and the Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival (Argentina). Her debut album Ojala has received great critical acclaim and has been chosen a top 10 album of 2006 by the Jazz Journalists Association. She has also received the Best Latin Jazz Vocalist of 2009 Award by the Latin Jazz Corner.
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 The New York Times, Time Out, Village Voice, World Music Central, CNN, NPR, NY1 and many more.
Her music has taken her all around the world and earned her critical acclaim. She continues to set herself apart with a bold new vision in the global music scene.