“A stomping fury swarms up beneath Sofía Rei’s voice on her version of “Arriba Quemando el Sol [...] Ms. Rei’s declamations capture its pride and its lament, while the guitarist Marc Ribot builds a blazing, dystopian billow around her” (The New York Times)
Paying tribute to an exceptional artist demands an exceptional work of art. Chilean singer, songwriter, folklorist, social activist, poet, and visual artist Violeta Parra would have celebrated her 100th birthday this year. In her new recording, El Gavilán, vocalist, songwriter and producer Sofia Rei celebrates her legacy by approaching her music with the imagination and daring that characterize Parra\'s work. Recorded as a duo with guitarist Marc Ribot and featuring guitarist Angel Parra, Violeta\'s grandson, on one song, Sofía re-imagines Parra\'s music in a contemporary setting. It is, in essence, the classic folk voice-and-guitar format, but framed here by both, electronics and traditional instruments. Besides providing all vocals and the sound sculpting, Sofia also plays caja vidalera, a hand-held single head drum from Argentina\'s northwest, and charango, a small, five double string guitar from the Andean region of South America. The results - spacious and almost minimalist, the vocals layered with loops and pedal effects - illuminate Parra´s work from unexpected angles.
Sofia Rei is an award winning vocalist, songwriter and producer form Buenos Aires, Argentina and based in New York City. Her music explores connections between the various traditions of South American folklore, jazz, flamenco and electronic sounds. She has collaborated with artists such as John Zorn (currently with Mycale and the Song Project), Maria Schneider, Bobby McFerrin, the Klezmatics, Myra Melford, Pedrito Martinez, Lionel Loueke, Guillermo Klein and Geoffrey Keezer (with whom she has earned a Grammy Nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album of 2009). She is also a faculty member of Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory. Her third album De Tierra Y Oro has received two independent Music Awards in the World Beat category for Best Album and Best Song in 2013 . Sofia’s work has been featured on CNN, NPR\'s Tiny Desk, WNYC\'s Soundcheck, The New York Times and many more. She continues to set herself apart with a bold new vision in the global music scene.