Sofia Tosello

The next wave in Latin American jazz may well begin with Tosello
Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times – Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times

Sofia Tosello was Voice Faculty during the Fall 2011 semester and is returning as Voice Faculty for the Fall 2012 semester. She is a remarkable vocalistSofia Tosello from Cordoba, Argentina. From a home environment in which she heard a mix of musical styles, including Gal Costa, Caetano Veloso, Roberto Goyeneche, Mercedes Sosa, Luther Vandross, and Claude Debussy, Sofia began a quest to perform the big band music loved, especially the work of Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald. In Cordoba, she studied and developed her vocal technique with singer Marcela Benedetti at La Colmena Instituto de Musica. Her interest in jazz brought her to participate in jazz workshops with Fernando Tarres, Donny Mc Caslin and Danilo Perez.

In 1999, at the age of 18, Ms. Tosello moved to New York to pursue her dream, immersing herself in the urban currents of jazz, and studying with jazz legendary Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy, Luciana Souza, Jeannie Lovetri, Barbara Maier, among others. In 2004, Sofia graduated from The City College of New York with Jazz Vocal Performance Degree. She began performing right away, singing with many Cuban, Colombian, Brazilian, Peruvian, and Venezuelan ensembles, and developing her own unique sensibility.

Now living and performing in New York, she has evolved a brand new musical synthesis, finding a big-city approach to tango that mixes in the rich variety of Latin American “cancion” traditions, including chacarera, bolero filin, peruvians, vals, son cubano, bossa nova and zamba, One also hears shades of the downtown “world” jazz scene, pop and New York funk in Tosello’s performances.

Sofia writes her own music and has gathered a stellar group of Latin composers and musicians. Produced by Fernando Aponte and released by Sunnyside Record Label, Alma y Luna showcases Tosello’s talent as a songwriter and as an interpreter of Latin American composers. An impressive list of international musicians backs Tosello on the CD, including Yosvany Terry, Julio Santillan, Yayo Serka, Pedro Giraudo, Jorge Roeder, Osmany Paredes, Aquiles Baez, Miguel Rivaynera, Mauricio Herrera, and Anat Cohen, among others.

Sofia Tosello has developed her teaching career in New York, working for the Musical Connections and Neighborhood Concert Series programs of Carnegie Hall, providing public concerts and workshops in New York City as well as in correctional facilities, hospitals, shelters and elderly care centers. She has also taught for Musica Para mi, Americas Society, Multicultural Group, LEAP, TEA, Arts Connection, Wingspan and One World Art, teaching vocal, piano, percussion and dance classes and workshops in private and public schools around NY and New Jersey,

Has been interviewed, reviewed, posted and praised by important national and international magazines and news papers such as Jazz Times, All about jazz, Inside Jazz, El Diario La Prensa, El Especial, AOL Latina, Time Out,The Village Voice, Latina Magazine, People en Español, La Nacion(Argentina), The Latin Jazz Corner, Barnes and Nobles Editorial, Jazzofilo and La Voz del Interior(Argentina).

Ms. Tosello has performed, recorded and collaborated with a wide variety of artists such as Horacio “ El Negro Hernandez”, Thalia, Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra, Aquiles Baez, Alex Cuba, Christos Rafalides, Julio Santillan Sextet,Folklore Urbano, La Cumbiamba Eneye, Tito Castro, Jonathan Powell & Nu Shanga, Marta Gomez, Yuri Juarez, Diego Obregon, among others. She has also recorded jingles for SONY and JSM.

Has performed in national and international radio and TV programs such as WNYC Soundcheck, NYC Noticias, Hitn TV (NYC), Univision (NYC), Telemundo (NYC), NY 1 Noticias(TV), Jazz not Jazz on Radio 42, Radio Nacional Argentina, Canal 10 Argentina, Radio Universidad Argentina, Radio Mitre Argentina, LV2 Argentina, Radio Reves Argentina.

She has appeared at many noted venues including Madison Square Garden, Summer Stage Central Park (NYC), Blue Note (NYC), Joe’s Pub (NYC), The Hecksher Theatre at EL Museo del Barrio (NYC), Jazz Standard (NYC), Jazz Gallery (NYC), Smoke (NYC), SOB’s (NYC), Brooklyn Museum Stage (NYC), Queens Theatre in the Park (NYC), BAM Café (NYC), El Taller Latino Americano (NYC), NJPAC (Newark), 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). Teatro Real (Argentina), Cosquin 2011 (Argentina)

Tosello is a singer along the lines of a young Celia Cruz or Flora Purim, giving the listener a performance energetic and wise beyond her years.” – Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide

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