Maxwell Auditorium, Lexington, MA
“As the Argentine singer Sofía Rei led her multinational band, the passion and clarity with which she assayed a tricky mix of South American rhythms and jazz-inflected harmonies made clear why she has been embraced by New York City audiences from Carnegie Hall to the hippest downtown haunts.” – Phil Lutz, The New York Times
Sofia Rei is one of the most passionate, charismatic and inventive vocalists from South America.
Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, her music is grounded in traditional South American rhythms. Singing in Spanish, Portuguese or English, Sofia’s voice is so graceful as sophisticated, tying together diverse influences in a program full of rhythmic complexity, melody and romance. 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, one of the most versatile and in-demand singers on the New York music scene. In a short period of time she has recorded, performed and collaborated with renowned musicians and groups. She toured Europe with the Grammy award winning Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, premiered with the group Cerulean Skies in Vienna,. She was featured with vocal giant Bobby McFerrin in Instant Opera at Carnegie Hall. Sofia is a member of “Mycale”, a NY based international a- capella quartet Their CD “Mycale: Book of Angels 13” was released in early 2010, Best Latin Jazz Album. In October 2009, Sofia contributed her vocals to Ljova Zhurbin’s Niña Dance which was commissioned by the Carnegie Hall 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 extensively in Europe, Asia, North and South America singing at renowned international festivals and venues such as the Carnegie Hall (NYC), Kennedy Center (Washington DC) , Lincoln Center (NYC), the Blue Note (NYC), the Village Vanguard (NYC) the Chicago World Music Festival (Chicago, IL), Aspen/Snowmass Jazz Festival (Aspen, CO), Cite de la Musique (Paris, France), the Festival de Jazz de Barcelona, Festival KESSE and Festival Grec (Spain), Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada), Teatro Manzoni (Italy), Beit Avi Chai (Israel). Her debut album Ojala was 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. Sube Azul, her second album as a leader has recently been released in the US an Europe by the World Village (Harmonia Mundi) label. -Curtis Fuller