If I ask you to think South American music, you might think of Samba drums, accordion-driven tangos, maybe Andean pipes and flutes. Like most traditional music, South American styles have guiding principles - a pulse, a structure, or a purpose that guides all the pieces within.
A new generation is taking those older styles forward. Argentina’s Sofia Rei and Sofia Tosello sing jazz-inspired runs over shifting rhythms. Juancho Herrera adds rock-inspired guitar to the sounds of his native Venezuela. Gregorio Uribe takes the Colombian Cumbia to its loudest extreme with his big band.
The first annual NYC South American Music festival brings all four of these artists together Monday night at Zinc Bar. Download Sofia Rei’s “De Tierra De Oro” above, and below download selections from the other artists playing the festival below. You can also see Rei’s (non-musical) appearance with Conan O’Brien in the video below.