Sofia Rei is an award-winning vocalist, composer and producer. Her music draws from multiple sources, ranging from South American folkloric styles to pop, jazz, new classical and electronic music. Sofia started her career as a member of the Teatro Colón (Argentina’s Opera house) Children’s Choir. She studied classical music at the National Conservatory in Buenos Aires and worked in the avant-garde vocal scene, often premiering works by young adventurous Argentine composers. She received a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies and Improvisation from the New England Conservatory (Boston, MA).
Since moving to New York in 2005, Sofía has released four critically acclaimed albums as a leader, three of which have earned an Independent Music Award for Best Album. Her stylistic versatility is illustrated in the array of artists she has worked with, such as John Zorn (Mycale, the Song Project, Masada Book 3), Bobby McFerrin, Mike Patton, Maria Schneider, Jesse Harris, Mark Ribot, the Klezmatics, John Medeski, Susana Baca, the Pan American Symphony Orchestra, Lionel Loueke and Geoffrey Keezer with whom she earned a Grammy Nomination. Rei has also been an advocate of South American culture through her work. She is a co-founder of El Colectivo Sur, an arts collective based in New York City and curates its flagship program, the NYC South American Music Festival.
In 2011 Sofía joined the faculty of Berklee College of Music where she taught in the Voice and Songwriting departments until 2013. She has also worked with Berklee’s Global Initiatives in various programs including its itinerant project Berklee Latino. She has been part of the New England Conservatory and the New York Jazz Academy faculty as well.
Her music has taken her all around the world to venues and festivals including Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Weiner Konzerhaus, Montreal Jazz Festival, Cité de la Musique, Festival Iberoamericano de las Artes de Puerto Rico, North Sea Jazz, and Teatro Degollado in México. Rei has been featured on CNN, NPR Tiny Desk, NY1 and Univision and in print in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Time Out, Songlines Magazine, Vice, Downbeat, Village Voice and People Magazine, and has a dedicated chapter in Chris Becker’s book Freedom of Expression: Interviews with Women in Jazz.