A woman. A woman-instrument. A woman-band. A woman-song. In this new production, Sofía Rei eschews her staple sound and ventures in areas of the creation that arise almost exclusively from her voice.
Award winning Argentine vocalist, songwriter and producer Sofía Rei is considered one of the most passionate, and inventive vocalists on the current New York music scene. Her music explores connections between the various traditions of South American folklore, jazz, flamenco and electronic sounds. Rei ties together diverse influences in a program full of rhythmic complexity, and a melodic purity that haunts even as it uplifts. She has collaborated with artists such as John Zorn (currently with Mycale and the Song Project), Maria Schneider, Bobby McFerrin, the Klezmatics, Myra Melford, Pedrito Martinez, Lionel Loueke, Guillermo Klein and Geoffrey Keezer (with whom she has earned a Grammy Nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album of 2009). She is also a faculty member of Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory. Building on the success of her Independent Music Award-winning second release Sube Azul, Sofía returned with the spellbinding De Tierra Y Oro ("of earth and gold"). 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. 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 CNN, NPR's Tiny Desk, WNYC's Soundcheck, The New York Times and many more. Her music has taken her all around the world to venues and festivals including Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, Blue Note, the Kennedy Center, Chicago World Music Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Cité de la Musique, Festival Iberoamericano de las Artes de Puerto Rico, the Barbican and others.
Sofia Rei: voices, loops, effects, charango, caja videlera, small percussion
JC Maillard: guitar, saz bass
Uncharted is a concert series featuring New York-based artists premiering new projects or meeting with new collaborators for the first time on stage that has consistently drawn the attention of tastemakers and curators from across the city over the past three years. The Uncharted season delivers eclectic excellence in a broad selection of musical genres representing New York City’s diverse artistic community, including Mexican folkloric, ragtime, classical, electronic, jazz, ancient Moroccan devotional and contemporary R&B.