Inventive Argentine Vocalist Sofía Rei Brings Her Song Magic to New York at Subrosa
63 Gansevoort Street New York, NY 10014
What an incredible voice teeming with passion and invention! Argentina-born, New York-based vocalist, songwriter and producer Sofía Rei explores connections between the various traditions of South American folklore, jazz, flamenco and electronic sounds. She’s a mesmerizing singer who has been called a one-woman band of complex rhythms and lush melodies. She’s collaborated with artists such as John Zorn, Bobby McFerrin, Myra Melford, Pedrito Martinez, Lionel Loueke, Guillermo Klein and Geoffrey Keezer. She’s also a faculty member of Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory.
She has two marquee performances in New York this month. The first, Umbral, takes place at Greenwich House on Thursday, April 13 and focuses almost exclusively on her voice and the many paths she can take on a full-show journey. Then on Saturday, April 29 at Subrosa, she introduces her new recording project, El Gavilán, an album that pays homage to the classic South American songwriter Violeta Parra—an artist, folklorist and social activist—on the centennial year of her birth. Sofía performs with the guitarist par excellence Marc Ribot who collaborated with her in reimagining Parra’s profoundly moving and socially conscious songs. “Marc is a politically engaged musician,” says Sofía, “and I believe Violeta’s work spoke to him not only musically but because of its social and political message.” In a contemporary rendering of her music, the pair brings to life the songs of a true South American treasure in the show. —Dan Ouellette