Sofia Rei receives a Cafe Royal Cultural Foundation Grant
Updated: Jan 17
An exhaustive exploration of the voice as an instrument of texture and expression, Sofía breaks away from the established continuity of her work in an attempt to create a new soundscape that blends South American folk with pop, electronic music and improvisation." I am feeling super grateful for this opportunity. I started recording this music a few years ago and needed funding to finish the process. This is a very important album for me, since it is going into a completely different direction musically speaking. It will be produced by my dear JC Maillard and will feature many incredible collaborators and guest artists. Now: it is happening! Congratulations to John Escreet, Ana Carmela Ramirez Contramaestre and Gabriel Chakarji for receiving this award as well.
Thanks to my dear friend Thana Alexa for telling me about this opportunity. Learn More about this incredible foundation, the grantees and all the info for the next round of submissions. Musician friends in NY: APPLY!!!!! Do not miss this opportunity to make your dreams come true!
In her most recent project, an exhaustive exploration of the voice as an instrument of texture and expression, Sofia 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. In a recent soul-searching trip to the Elqui Valley in Chile Sofía, equipped only with two back packs with recording equipment and her charango created the core of her newest musical venture: “Umbral” (Threshold). Her unorthodox compositions are built almost exclusively from vocal loops and incorporate the series “Cinco poemas cínicos” (Five Cynical Poems), in which the songwriter displays her natural inclination towards lyricism. Incisive and imaginative, Sofia’s poetry responds to heartbreak, deception and disappointment with unrestrained candor, elegant humor and a heavy dose of sarcasm.
The album is set to be released in 2020 and is produced by world music luminary long-time collaborator JC Maillard (Lisa Fischer, Angelique Kidjo, Richard Bona, Touré Kunda), and is to feature some of the most talented musicians of the current International scene.