Sofia Rei & JC Maillard
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Sofía Rei
Argentine Vocalist

Sofía Rei & JC Maillard

present KETER from John Zorn Masada Book 3

MAR 21–23 | SING, SING, SING II

Mar 22
Joe Henderson Lab

“A leading light of Latin Jazz” (Village Voice), passionate Argentine singer and composer Sofía Rei ties together musical traditions from across Latin America with a masterful approach deeply versed in jazz. She performs music from maverick composer John Zorn’s expansive Masada song cycle in collaboration with Guadeloupe-born Middle Eastern lute virtuoso JC Maillard.

After the Buenos Aires native moved to Boston to immerse herself in jazz and improvised music at New England Conservatory, where she studied with Danilo Perez and Steve Lacy, Rei quickly developed a name for herself as an in-demand vocalist in jazz and Latin music. She performed at Carnegie Hall with vocal superstar Bobby McFerrin, did dates in Europe with Maria Schneider’s Jazz Orchestra, toured internationally with Zorn’s Book of Angels project, and sang on young piano giant Geoffrey Keezer’s GRAMMY-nominated album Aurea. Her newest recording, Keter, is a project four years in the making, adapting pieces from Zorn’s third and final book in his 92 composition Masada cycle of “new Jewish music,” The Book Beri’ah. With lyrics by Rei and arrangements by both Rei and saz-bass player Maillard, the songs explore a variety of topics, from love and solitude, to the ghost of Frida Kahlo and a childhood under dictatorship in Argentina.

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Original compositions are filtered through a kaleidoscope of influences, merging jazz sophistication and folkloric approaches.

Rarely does one come across a volume of work that is so quintessentially spectral that it stops the breath and suspends the heartbeat. Sofía Rei’s album, 'El Gavilán', is one such volume.

World Music Report

Rarely does one come across a volume of work that is so quintessentially spectral that it stops the breath and suspends the heartbeat. Sofía Rei’s album, 'El Gavilán', is one such volume.

World Music Report

Personnel

Sofía Rei vocals, loops, & charango
JC Maillard saz bass & vocals

SPECIAL GUEST
Tupac Mantilla drums & percussion

…highly capable of integrating diverse influences, from ancient folkloric traditions to modern jazz […] Sofia’s all Spanish vocals convey deep passion and a full spectrum of emotions.

DownBeat

Personnel

Sofía Rei vocals, loops, & charango
JC Maillard saz bass & vocals

SPECIAL GUEST
Tupac Mantilla drums & percussion

…highly capable of integrating diverse influences, from ancient folkloric traditions to modern jazz […] Sofia’s all Spanish vocals convey deep passion and a full spectrum of emotions.

DownBeat

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