Take Off Collective members Ole Mathisen (sax), Matthew Garrison (bass) and Marko Djordjevic (drums) became friends at Boston’s Berklee College of Music as the second millennium was winding down. Since then, they have built careers as bandleaders; sidemen to world renown notables as well as unique and innovative instrumentalist.
Their eclectic tastes, penchant for honest and unpremeditated improvisation and a thirty-year strong friendship brought them to a musical situation different from any other they have taken part in to date.
Neither leaders nor sidemen, they are real-time composers and performers of music that is invented on stage in front of an audience. Their music has been described as virtuosic, adventurous, intense, innovative, disorienting, provocative, engaging…
Each Take Off Collective concert is a moment ceasing, supremely intimate, music-transcending event.
About this Project
The Café Royal Cultural Foundation NYC awarded a 2019 Fall Music Production Grant to Sofia to complete work on her project entitled “Umbral” an exhaustive exploration of the voice as an instrument of texture and expression, Sofía breaks away from the established continuity of her work in an attempt to create a new soundscape that blends South American folk with pop, electronic music and improvisation. “Umbral” is set to be released soon and is produced by world music luminary JC Maillard.
Sofia Rei Bio
Folklore and futurism, graceful elegance and raw passion, virtuosic precision and spontaneous exploration – all merge together in the music of award-winning vocalist, songwriter and producer Sofia Rei. Redefining authenticity from an intensely personal perspective, Rei has carried diverse Latin American traditions from her native Buenos Aires to the multi-cultural mecca of New York City, where she’s fused those sounds with jazz, classical, pop, and electronic music influences to forge a singular and ever-evolving sound.
With a voice that’s been hailed for its captivating beauty and versatility by such prestigious publications as the New York Times and DownBeat Magazine, Rei’s talents fit comfortably into any number of genres. Her restless curiosity, however, makes her uncomfortable dwelling in any single category for very long. A self-described “frog from another pond,” Rei’s natural inclination is to leap, an instinct that has taken her on a circuitous route from early classical training and Argentinean folk music through the punk rock nightlife of Buenos Aires, into some of the most prestigious jazz venues in the U.S. and on to a wealth of festival stages around the world.
Sofia’s new project “Umbral” is an exhaustive exploration of the voice as an instrument of texture and expression. Sofía Rei breaks away from the established continuity of her work in an attempt to create a new soundscape that blends South American folk with pop, electronic music and improvisation. During a recent soul-searching trip to the Elqui Valley in Chile, equipped only with two back packs of recording equipment and her charango, she created the core of this newest musical venture: “Umbral” (Threshold). These unorthodox compositions are built almost exclusively from vocal loops and incorporate the series “Cinco poemas cínicos” (Five Cynical Poems). Incisive and imaginative, Sofia’s poetry responds to heartbreak, deception and disappointment with elegant humor and a heavy dose of sarcasm. Umbral features long-time collaborators Jorge Roeder (bass), Franco Pinna (drums), Tupac Mantilla (percussion), and several guests from the current international music scene. The album is set to be released during the first half of 2020 and is produced by world music luminary JC Maillard (Lisa Fischer, Angelique Kidjo, Richard Bona, Touré Kunda). JC and Sofía decided to go deep into the DNA of South American folk grooves, taking the original rhythmic content of music styles such as Afro-Bolivian saya, Argentine chacarera and Colombian seresesé and cumbia, and translating it into new sounds and instruments to create their envisioned sonic landscape.
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