Latin American song stylist
Originally from Argentina, Sofa Tosello’s music is rooted in the variety of Latin American cancion traditions, including tango, chacarera, bolero filin, son, zamba, bossa nova and Brazilian popular music. There are also shades of jazz scene and a bit of funk in her song stylings. Tosello prefers to see herself as a border-crosser, not bound by the logic of genre. Her soulful and sensitive approach combines the best of today’s global currents in jazz, Latin, and pop music while maintaining a profound respect for tradition – a feat seldom achieved by young artists. “As a child growing up, I remember my parents listening to Gal Costa, Caetano, Veloso, Roberto Goyeneche, Mercedes Sosa, The Platters, Luther Vandross, Debussy, Duke Ellington and many others. This was my earliest musical training.”
Sofia started her musical studies and had her first professional performance when she was just eight years old. She studied and developed her vocal technique with singer Marcela Benedetti at La Colmena Instituto de Musica in Cordoba. Her interest in jazz, as well as her desire to explore the international dimensions of Latin music, led her to relocate to New York at the age of 18, to study at City College of New York. “A whole new world opened up to me. My first jazz teacher and musical mother was Sheila Jordan, and she really taught me the art of making a song one’s own. I’ve also had the opportunity of singing with many Cuban, Colombian, Peruvian, and Venezuelan ensembles. That’s how I developed my rhythmic sensibility. Singing with the Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra and Julio Santillan Septet, which fuses jazz and Argentinean folk, has forged a stronger connection with my roots.”
“Sofia Tosello, a remarkable young vocalist, originally from Cordoba, Argentina, belongs to an exciting new group of artist who are changing the Latin American song.”
“Tosello has a voice that she can manipulate—bend and hold back, choke and uncoil with tremulous ferocity. . . she delivers words with sublime authority and ravishing sensuality.” — Jazziz
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Ms. Tosello has performed, recorded and collaborated with a wide variety of artists such as Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra, Aquiles Baez, Julio Santillan Septet, Julio Santillan and Sofia Tosello Duo “Tribute to Borges”, Alex Cuba, Pavel Urkiza (Gema y Pavel), Marta Gomez, La Cumbiamba eneye, Tito Castro, Cocomama, Retumba, Jose Conde y Ola Fresca, Diego Obregon y su grupo Chonta, Christos Rafalides, Jonathan Powell Band, Mariela Valencia, Pepe Vazquez, Thalia, Las Gardenias, Eladio “Pancho” Terry, Cable a Tierra, Cielo de Judas (Osvaldo Brizuela).
She has appeared at many noted venues including (in NYC) Summer Stage Central Park, Blue Note, Joe’s Pub, The Hecksher Theatre at EL Museo del Barrio, Jazz Standard , Jazz Gallery, Smoke Jazz, Drom, 55 Bar, Zinc Bar, Sweet Rhythm, The Knitting Factory, The Bitter End, SOB’s, Brooklyn Museum Stage, Queens Theatre in the Park, BAM Café, Festival del Bolero, El Taller Latino Americano, Aaron Davis Hall, APAP Convention, NJPAC, Madison Square Garden (w/Thalia); and Walt Disney Concert Hall (LA), Michigan Womyn’s Festival (Hart, MI), Macau International Music Festival (China), Teatro Amadeo Roldan (Cuba), and Teatro San Martin (Argentina).
Her new CD, “Alma y Luna,” (Sunnyside Records) was released in October 2009.