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Sofia Tosello

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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 big band sound of legends like Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Lena Horne.  

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.