Updated: 6 days ago
Multi award-winning vocalist, songwriter and producer, SOFIA REI brings a unique flare of futuristic experimental electro-pop to South American folk with her new project UMBRAL and the release of her NEW SINGLE Negro Sobre Blanco.
I'm so excited that my NEW SINGLE 'Negro Sobre Blanco' is coming out on Friday, December 4th! You can pre-save and pre-add the song to all streaming platforms. By pre-saving, the song is automatically added to your library so you don't even have to search for it on release day, it'll be right there waiting for you!! Pre-saving is also a great way to support me and my music; it helps with the algorithm on streaming services, meaning more playlist adds, leading to more people discovering and sharing my music. (Click the photo above to Pre-save)
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I will be showcasing Negro Sobre Blanco and UMBRAL as part of "Tiny Desk meets globalFEST", January 11-14th, 2021, alongside some of the most prominent musicians of the NYC latin scene with my longtime collaborator and producer, JC Maillard. This is one of my favorite festivals on earth combined with one of my favorite NPR series (drinks, please). Oh, and hosted by the fabulous Angélique Kidjo Check out the line up! More info soon.
About "Negro Sobre Blanco" In her most recent project, an exhaustive exploration of the voice as an instrument of texture and expression, Sofía Rei breaks away from the established continuity of her work, creating a daring new soundscape that blends South American folk with pop, electronic music and improvisation. Sofía, armed with two back packs of recording equipment and her charango on a soul-searching trip to the Elqui Valley in Chile, created the core of her newest musical venture "UMBRAL" (threshold), culminating in the inception of the song "Negro Sobre Blanco", a saying in Spanish that means to put things into perspective. The song describes a moment of despair, hope for clarity and resolution and was built almost exclusively from vocal loops, based on an Afro-Bolivian saya rhythm, mixing traditional instruments with electronic samples and produced by JC Maillard (Lisa Fischer, Angelique Kidjo, Richard Bona, Toure Kunda, etc)
Folklore and futurism, graceful elegance and raw passion, virtuosic precision and spontaneous exploration - all merge together in the music of award-winning vocalist, songwriter and producer Sofia Rei. Her instinct has taken her on a circuitous route from early classical training and Argentinian folk music through the punk rock nightlife of Buenos Aires and later to New York where she's fused those sounds with jazz, experimental music, pop, and electronica. Sofía earned a Master's Degree in Jazz and Improvisation from the New England Conservatory (Boston, MA). She has released five critically acclaimed albums as a leader, four of which have earned an Independent Music Award for Best Album. Sofía has performed around the world in some of the most prestigious venues and festival stages including Carnegie Hall, Wien Konzerthaus and North Sea Jazz Festival. She has collaborated with artists such as John Zorn, Bobby McFerrin, Maria Schneider, Mike Patton, the Klezmatics and Susana Baca. Rei has been an advocate of South American culture through her work. She is currently a Professor at NYU's Clive Davis Institute and teaches New Perspectives in Latin Music, a course she created that explores rhythmic training and the broad stylistic diversity of Latin American music.
About The Producer
Jean-Christophe (JC) Maillard, is a French composer, guitarist, pianist, electronic musician, producer 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 the world music and world jazz scene. He has collaborated with Grammy wining artists such as Lisa Fischer, Angelique Kidjo, Richard Bona, Toure Kunda, etc. JC is also known for mastering and being the first player of the SazBass, a new 8-steel string instrument of Turkish origin.
"Ms. Rei, a vocalist hailing from Argentina, sings in a windblown, mountains-high voice, but she often sounds like she might be withholding something, too. It's as if maybe the full delivery might be too overpowering - an engrossing suggestion" - The New York Times "... Rei and her band treated us to stellar musicianship and genre-bending music." - NPR Music "Sofia Rei, the potent ambassador of Latin America's experimental voice in the contemporary international circuit, has sustained a history of artistic output that includes three albums published under her name, various awards, continuous tours in Europe, North and South America, and has gradually in the last decade morphed into the female vocal icon of the vanguard music sphere." - The Holy Filament "Calling Argentinian songwriter Sofia Rei, well... a songwriter is only part of the truth. Yeah, she's a songwriter, but also a performer, an experimentalist, and an engineer. She spent the better part of her May 27 set at the Simons Center Recital Hall showing off her virtuosic vocals, strong knack for laying out sheets of sound, and her ability to run circles around a set of loop pedals." - Charleston City Paper "... a mesmerizing singer who has been called a one-woman band of complex rhythms and lush melodies." - Lucid Culture