Wed Nov. 7, 2018

Sofia Rei & JC Maillard Duo (ARG/USA) / Klezmerson (from Mexico) (MEX/USA)

Sofia Rei & JC Maillard Duo
Sofia Rei: voice
JC Maillard: saz

Benjamin Shwartz: viola, keyboards
Carina Lopez: bass
Todd Clouser: guitar
Gustavo Nandayapa: drums
Misha Marks: baritone horn, latarra
Carlos Metta: jaranas, percussion

Sofia Rei & JC Maillard Duo
Sofia Rei is one of the most creative singers working today. A veteran of several Zorn ensembles including Mycale and the Song Project, this intimate reading of Masada compositions is imaginative, driving and heartfelt.

The fabulous voice of Sofia Rei has graced several Zorn vocal projects, from the acappella quartet Mycale to the dynamic Song Project, and here she interprets 8 compositions from the Book Beri’ah—the third and last book completing the Masada legacy. Featuring the remarkable JC Maillard on saz bass, the arrangements are incredibly varied, and range from lyrical heartfelt ballads to driving grooves. Intimate and intensely personal, this is one of the most unique Masada cds in the entire series! Unforgettable.

A spectacular reading of Masada material drawing upon the rich tradition of Mexican music from Oaxaca to Veracruz, touching upon Henry Mancini, Xavier Cugat and psychedelia along the way. This is one of the most joyful projects in the entire series—and is great music to dance to!

Based in Mexico, Klezmerson is a super creative ever changing ensemble led by violinist, composer and arranger Benjamin Schwartz. Here they do their critically acclaimed and best selling Book of Angels installment one better with wild arrangements blending a variety of Mexican musical traditions with the sound of Masada. Featuring electric and acoustic strings, keyboards, accordions, saxes and of course a huge array of Latin percussion, Tiferet is one of the most delightful and imaginative CDs in the Book Beri’ah!