We surmise there is something about being named Sofia and being from Argentina that we are just not privy to. Above, Sofia Rei Koutsovitis.
We surmise there is something about being named Sofia and being from Argentina that we are just not privy to. Above, Sofia Rei Koutsovitis. Emra Islek
At least one of our friends at WNYC's Soundcheck seems to have noticed the wealth of superb, Latin American, jazz-informed singers who have cropped up in New York in recent years. We observe this to be a good thing. In the last month, they've invited two young Argentinean transplants in Sofia Rei Koutsovitis and Sofia Tosello to the WNYC studios for live on-air performances and conversations. Both are powerful, throaty singers who have studied jazz, and it shows; both also have fairly recent albums which do tremendously artful, lilting things with South American song. Koutsovitis' Sube Azul was self-released in 2009, and issued on World Village in early 2010, while Tosello's Alma y Luna came out on Sunnyside last year. And both Sofias' studio performances are driven in part by drummer/percussionist Yayo Serka, whose name you'll see lurking wherever next-level Latin jazz rhythm sections are found. [WNYC Soundcheck: Sofia Tosello and Sofia Rei Koutsovitis]
Related At NPR Music: Felix Contreras on other Spanish-Speaking (Mostly) Jazz Vocalists in 2009.