Building on the success of her Independent Music Award-winning sophomore album Sube Azul, Argentine vocalist-composer Sofia Rei has just released her spellbinding, new CD De Tierra Y Oro (“Of Earth and Gold”), and she’s hitting the road for just a handful of concert dates in New York City, Philadelphia, Buenos Aires … and right here in Troy’s Sanctuary for Independent Media on Friday night.
Currently a faculty member at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Rei describes her new album as a series of “philosophical wanderings” – songs of Latin American myths and icons, loneliness and laughter, religious doubt, political protest and true love. Singing in Spanish, Rei tells stories that reflect her diverse travels and experiences: a cockfight in Cartagena, a nightmare in Buenos Aires, a love letter in New York, a haunted man in the Andes.
With her powerful, passionate voice in the forefront, Rei’s songs meld a wide range of South American folkloric influences with bracingly modern jazz sounds. The musical textures run the gamut from contemporary to traditional – from layered and effects-laden vocals, electric guitars, loops and drum machines to Bolivian charangos, Paraguayan harps, Colombian marimbas, Argentine bombos, Peruvian cajones and more.
In concert, Rei will be joined by her band, trumpeter-flegelhornist Josh Deutsch, acoustic guitarist Eric Kurimski, bassist Jorge Roeder, electric guitarist Jean-Christophe Maillard and drummer Yayo Serka.
BUT WAIT… we’re giving away a pair of FREE TIX for Friday’s show to two lucky Nippertown readers! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The winners will be selected at random and notified on Friday. Good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.