“The next wave in Latin-American jazz may well begin with Tosello." --Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times
Sometimes the best journey is the one that takes you back home. Sofia Tosello has been singing almost her entire life, making her professional debut at age eight in her hometown of Cordoba, Argentina, and growing up on the sound of legends like Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie.
A quest to perform this music drew Sofia to New York City in 1999. Yet once in the Big Apple, something unexpected happened; playing with a variety Latin ensembles, she began to hear the music of her homeland in a brand new way. A return to the north of Argentina cemented her renewed interest in these folkloric traditions, as she reconnected with the beauty of her culture and its deep rhythms.
This awakening led Sofia to experiment with new musical blends, creating a big-city approach to tango that mixes in the rich variety of Latin American cancion traditions, like chacarera, bolero filin, vals, son and zamba, as well as shades of the downtown "world" jazz scene, and a bit of New York funk in Tosello's performances. With the guitarra, contrabass and bombo leguero as her starting point, Tosello creates an original style, a personal vehicle that is honest, passionate, and full of beautiful stories.
Her latest album Tangolandó, a collaboration with Peruvian guitarist Yuri Juárez, captures the entrancing power of this fusion , blending styles such as tango, milonga, lando, festejo, waltz in one unified and innovative sound (“some of the finest classics from Perú and Argentina find a brand new life on this record” –Latin Jazz Network). With Tangolandó Sofia has performed throughout the country at venues like Lincoln Center (New York, NY), Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA), Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago, IL), and more.
Throughout the years Sofia has also developed a passion for educating. In 2011 and 2012 she was selected to teach vocal technique, jazz improvisation, music theory and Latin American rhythms and songs, at the renowned Swarnaboohmi Academy of Music in Chennai, India alongside elite musicians such Dafnis Prieto, Victor Wooten, Jason Lindner, and more. Sofia is now teaching privately in New York.
Sofia has also performed and recorded with talented and renown musicians such as, Grammy Winner Thalia, Grammy Nominee Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra, Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez , Guillermo Klein, Aquiles Baez, Yuri Juarez, and many, many more.
Highlights of venues, festivals and theatres where Sofia has performed in North & Latin America, Asia and Europe include:
NYC: Other highlights:
The Heckscher Theatre Michigan Women’s Festival , MI
Madison Square Garden New Troubador Music Festival, CT
United Nations Spoleto Music Festival, SC
Queens Theatre in the Park The Art Museum of Philadelphia, PA
Summerstage Central Park Ryles Club, Boston, MA
The Harlem Mier Stage Macau Jazz Festival, China
The Blue Note Teatro San Martin, Argentina
Modern Drummer Festival 2011 Teatro Real, Argentina
Joe’s Pub Geoffreys, Chennai, India The Walt Disney Concert Hall (LA)
Birdland Bangalore, India
The Jazz Standard
The Jazz Gallery
St Marks Church
Aaron Davis Hall
In 2011 Sofia as also as performed in all parts of a trilogy written by Juan Rulfo entitled “El Paso del Norte” y “Diles que no me Maten,” directed by Germán Jaramillo at the Theater for the New City in Manhattan.
Performances on national and international radio and TV programs include:
NY 1 Noticias (TV) Canal 10 Argentina
NYC Noticias Radio Nacional Argentina
Univision (NYC) LV2 Argentina
Telemundo (NYC) Radio Mitre Argentina
Jazz Not Jazz on Radio 42 Radio Universidad Argentina
WNYC Soundcheck Radio Reves Argentina
Hitn TV (NYC)
- 2012- Tangolandó (Yuri Juarez and Sofia Tosello)
- 2012- Pequeña Historia Diego Obregon y Grupo Chonta
- 2012- Imprints Tatum Greenblatt
- 2011- Banda Juancho Herrera
- 2010- Hola Niños! Vol 1 Naomi Bloch Schartz, feat Sofia Tosello
- 2010- Un Instante, Tribute to Borges- Sofia Tosello and Julio Santillan (JS Records)
- 2010- La Palma La Cumbiamba Eneye (Chonta Records)
- 2010- Musiquita Marta Gomez (Aluna Records)
- 2010- Transcend Jonathan Powell and Nu Shanga
- 2010- Amazon Thirty Five Toshi Reagon (JUCA Music)
- 2009- Alma y Luna Sofia Tosello (Sunnyside Records)
- 2005- Desconsuelo Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra (PGM Records)
- Jingles: Dr. Pepper (Sony), Popeyes (JSM), McDonalds (Alma DDB Argentina)