Produced and arranged by Sofia Rei and Jorge Roeder, Sube Azul, recipient of the Best Album in the 2011 Independent Music Award in the World Beat category is a fully formed synthesis, reflecting Sofia’s immersion in modern and progressive jazz while also responding to the pull of ancestry and the appeal of organic, pan-musical connections.
A native of Buenos Aires, Sofia brings to bear the folkloric traditions of Argentina and its regional neighbors (Peru, Colombia, Uruguay), tying together diverse influences in a program full of complexity, melody and romance.
The songs speak of heartbreak, individuality, special characters in Sofia’s life, the challenges of life abroad. There are tributes to Argentina’s copleras (female folkloric singers), and comments on what Sofia terms “the end of the utopia of the upcoming Latin American revolution.”
And yet even as Sube Azul spans the continents, it transcends its origins and gathers force as a self-contained narrative, more than the sum of its parts.
Sofía Rei – Vocals, caja vidalera
Anat Cohen – Clarinet
Celso Duarte – Harp
Dana Leong – Cello & trombone
Leo Genovese – Piano, melodium suzuki
Geoffrey Keezer – Piano
Juancho Herrera – Acoustic & electric guitars, cuatro venezolano
Eric Kurimski – Acoustic guitar
Diego Obregon: Tres
Jorge Roeder – Double bass, electric bass
Yayo Serka – Drums, cajón, bombo, udu
Samuel Torres – Kalimba, congas, capachos, caxixis, shakers, maracas, percussion effects
Juan Medrano Cotito – Cajón, quijada, cajita, guapeo
Jorge Pérez Albela – Cajón, donkey jaw
Morris Cañate – Tambor alegre
Ronald Polo – Tambora
Nestor Gómez – Llamador, maracas