Produced by JC Maillard
Mixed by Fabrice Dupont
Mastered by Bob Power
Sofía Rei: Lead Vocals, Back up vocals, Vocal loops, Charango
JC Maillard: Electric guitar, Acoustic guitar, Ukelele, Electric bass, Charango, Back Up Vocals
Jorge Glem: Cuatro (La Caída and Negro Sobre Blanco)
Jorge Roeder: Upright bass (Helvetica 12 and La Quinta Pata)
Leo Genovese: Synths and piano (Helvetica 12 and Un Mismo Cielo)
Franco Pinna: Drums and percussion (Negro Sobre Blanco)
Tupac Mantilla: Drums, percussion and body percussion (La Quinta Pata)
Martin Vejarano: Colombian gaita (Un Mismo Cielo and Escarabajo Digital)
GRAMMY Award-nominated Latinx artist Sofia Rei is an ever-traveler perpetually seeking new expressions for her innate gift as a vocalist and songwriter. Produced by JC Maillard (Angelique Kidjo, Richard Bona), Rei’s latest recording, UMBRAL (Cascabelera Records; Release Date: June 4, 2021), takes her deep into the mountains of the Elqui Valley in Chile to capture intimate portrayals of a woman fighting for her place in the world. Rei set off on a solo trek across the rugged Eastern Chilean terrain with two backpacks of recording gear, and a mind overflowing with the complexities of modern life. UMBRAL results in a masterpiece steeped in folkloric tradition and digital futurism.
Rei set off on her travels to the Elqui Province with a charango in hand ready for an uninhibited excursion to record unorthodox vocal sketches in the form of loops based on a series “Cinco Poemas Cínicos” (“Five Cynical Poems”). Incisive and imaginative, Rei’s poetry responds to heartbreak, deception, and disappointment with unrestrained candor. Her self-sufficient compositions originate from a vocal layering structure allowing each work to stand on its own.
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.
"Sofia Rei, an Argentine singer now based in New York, conjured a wildly eclectic, near hallucinatory international mix from her living room with her band: Andean, Asian, jazz, funk, electronics. True to Globalfest’s boundary-scrambling mission, she sang about living under 'Un Mismo Cielo': 'The Same Sky.’”
-Jon Pareles, The New York Times
"It's a fascinating exploration of her own creative process, as well as a capsule history of musical traditions
from the southern-most tip of the Americas.”
-Felix Contreras, NPR “Alt.Latino”
“...award-winning Argentine vocalist and songwriter Sofia Rei provides a concert that blends South American folk traditions with experimental pop and electronic music. That mix of tradition and modernity extends to her surroundings, which features traditional iconography, robotic 'saints,' exuberant plants and looping pedals.”
-Bob Boilen, NPR “Tiny Desk Concert”