Sofía Rei is an Argentine vocalist, composer, producer, and educator who combines South American folkloric styles, jazz, pop, new classical, and electronic sounds to create her own distinctive sound. Since moving to New York in 2005, she has released four critically acclaimed albums as a bandleader, including two that earned Independent Music Awards for Best Album. Her music has taken her around the world with performances at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Wiener Konzerthaus, and Montreal’s International Jazz Festival.
Originally from Córdoba, Argentina, Sofia Tosello is a vocalist, composer, and music educator. Sofia T. is regarded as a cherished voice in the vibrant scene of New York City artists who are redefining Latin American song. Jazz Times notes, “The next wave in Latin-American jazz may well begin with Tosello.” Sofia T. has worked with such artists as Grammy Award–winners Thalía, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, and the Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra, and has performed throughout the United States, Asia, and Latin America.
Like the two performers, Argentina’s traditional music has parallel rural and urban strands. The music of the cities is characterized by tango, a musical style and dance born in Buenos Aires in the 19th century, blending European and African elements. A rural, folk counterpart to tango that developed at the same time is the chacarera—the song style and dance that the students will be learning.