Sofía Rei & Jorge Roeder
“An extraordinary duet.” – New Sounds
Deep from the corners of the Pan-American repertoire, Argentine vocalist Sofia Rei and Peruvian bassist Jorge Roeder delve into the hidden gems of the lore. With uncanny skills and gripping emotive range, they bring songs to life in this all-acoustic duo setting. These Grammy nominated musicians, whose collaboration spans almost 20 years, revisit compositions by iconic writers such as Noel Rosa, Pixinguinha, Nicomedes Santa Cruz, Chabuca Granda, and Thelonious Monk. They thrive in the immense variety of musical styles that emerged in the Americas since the late 19th century, in Spanish, Portuguese, and English. Roeder is a conservatory-trained artist who was only 20 when the Lima Philharmonic and Opera orchestras appointed him assistant principal bassist in 2001 (while he also played electric bass with the Lima heavy metal band Ni Voz ni Voto). Like Roeder, Rei is conservatory trained. A mezzo-soprano, she has earned numerous awards and widespread esteem with five albums under her own name. Their album together, Coplas Escondidas (2023), draws on an array of styles and traditions interpreted through an improvisational jazz ethos.