In 2018, an important story reaches its final chapter. For a quarter of a century, John Zorn’s Masada has been a consistently exciting and influential presence in the landscape of adventurous music, involving renowned artists such as Dave Douglas, Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot, Metheny, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Pat Metheny and many more. With this third and final songbook, The Book Beriah, the legendary composer concludes his exhaustive exploration of new Jewish music with ninety-two compositions over eleven albums, presented by some of the world’s most accomplished musicians.
Grammy-nominated and four time International Music Award-winning vocalist and composer, Sofia Rei has a longstanding history with Zorn’s Masada oeuvre. As part of the celebrated a cappella quartet, Mycale, she was featured on two albums in The Book of Angels. In Keter, the charismatic, classically trained songstress draws from her Argentinian roots as well as her experience with jazz to explore the music’s mystical undertones. With her profoundly contemplative poetry and a voice of cathartic scope, Rei manages to reveal previously undiscovered facets of these enchanting, esoteric tunes. An equally forceful presence, eclectic composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist JC Maillard plays the saz bass. Exceptionally suited for conveying the ethereal aura of these compositions, Maillard’s enigmatic instrument at once encourages and provokes Rei’s voice. A captivating duet of unprecedented synergy, Keter is a standout addition to the Masada catalog.
In a unique project for voice and saz bass, longtime collaborators Sofia Rei and JC Maillard offer a superbly intimate and introspective study of the acclaimed source material. With lyrics by Rei and arrangements by both musicians, the songs explore a variety of topics, from love and solitude, to the ghost of Frida Kahlo and a childhood under the dictatorship in Argentina.
Sofía Rei – Vocals, loops & charango.
JC Maillard – Saz bass, vocals.
Jean-Christophe (JC) Maillard is a French composer, guitarist, pianist, electronic musician and arranger native of Pointe-à-Pître, Guadeloupe in the Caribbean. For the past 20 years, he has been touring, producing, arranging, acting as musical director and recording with all the great names in world music and world jazz. He has collaborated with Grammy wining artists such as Lisa Fischer, Angelique Kidjo, Richard Bona, Toure Kunda, etc. His project “Grand Baton”, an innovative mix of rock and electronic music with Caribbean percussions has released two albums which received praiseful reviews from all over the world, establishing him as a daring creative mind in cross genre music. JC is also known for mastering and being the first player of the SazBass, a new 8-steel string instrument of Turkish origin. More info at www.jcmaillard.com
Mycale is a group of four vocalists-composers-arrangers, put together by John Zorn in 2009 to create an a cappella quartet that would collaboratively arrange selections from his Book of Angels’ compositions.
Expressive and passionate, Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Sofia Rei, Sara Serpa and Malika Zarra are four of the most creative vocalists around.
Each a band-leader, composer, arranger and improviser in her own right, they come together here in an intimate setting to interpret Zorn’s music and give it the flavors of their diverse cultural backgrounds.
In celebration of his 60th Birthday, John Zorn asked his most acclaimed vocal collaborators to write lyrics to select compositions from his vast musical catalog. Including music originally written for Naked City, Masada, The Dreamers, a variety of film soundtracks and more.
The Song Project is a retrospective of some of Zorn’s most lyrical compositions from the past 30 years. Each piece is presented in song format with an all-star band of Zorn regulars, and features the voices of Mike Patton, Jesse Harris, and Sofia Rei.
Sofia Rei, Jesse Harris, Mike Patton: Voice; John Medeski: Organ, Piano, Fender Rhodes; Marc Ribot: Guitar; Kenny Wollesen: Vibes; Trevor Dunn: Bass; Cyro Baptista: Percussion; Joey Baron: Drums.
John Zorn: Conductor
Sofía Rei – Vocals
Jorge Roeder – Upright Bass
A new collection of unknown songs from every corner of the American continent, North and South, put together with Sofia’s longtime collaborator Jorge Roeder. They have been working together as a duo and in many configurations for over 14 years. Originally from Lima, Peru, New York City-based bass player Jorge Roeder is the co-artistic director and co-producer of all of Sofia’s albums and is also currently part of the Grammy-nominated Julian Lage Group, Shai Maestro Trio, Victor Prieto Trio, Ryan Keberle’s Catharsis, among others.
La Ruta de las Almas
Sonetos de Amor
Tlon Editions, 2015
Forro in the Dark
Forro Zinho- Forro In The Dark Plays Zorn
No Wrong No Right
Dangerbird Records, 2015
La Gaita Fantástica
Nova et Vetera, 2015
Adventure Music, 2014
Punto y Raya (en vivo)
Jazz Village, 2012
Diego Obregón & Grupo Chonta
Self released, 2012
Self released, 2011
Blue Conga Music, 2010
Annette A. Aguilar & Stringbeans
The Day Waits for Nobody
Chonta Records, 2009
La Ruta de las Almas
Numinous, The Music of Joseph C. Phillips, Jr.
Innova Records, 2009
The Year of Two Summers
Lima Limon Records, 2008
Fuller Street Music, 2007
Lima Limon Records, 2007
Between the Suns
Sachimay Records, 2003
Coro Nacional de Jóvenes
Música Coral Romántica y Contemporánea
Cosentino Records, 1999