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The NYC SOUTH AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL  is now on its 4th edition

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(NYC SAMF 2015)

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El Colectivo Sur presents
NYC South American Music Festival 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015 at 7 PM
Meridian 23
161 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011
Entrance $25 at the door / $20-22 in advance
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Event info: 917-547-3640


Line Up/Set times:
Camila Meza (Chile) 7:30
Aquiles Baez (Venezuela) 8:20
Sofia Rei (Argentina) 9:10
Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet (Peru) 10:00
Nation Beat (Brazil/US) 11:00


Press Links:
El Universal (Venezuela)


El Colectivo Sur, an artist collective fostering collaborations between South American musicians based in NYC and abroad, presents the 3rd Edition of the NYC South American Music Festival (NYC SAMF). The festival celebrates a vibrant new music scene: music rooted in the folklores of various countries of South America, as they borrow from each other and meet with styles from all around the globe including pop, rock, jazz and world music. These musicians have blurred the boundaries between their musical cultures and carved out a renovated identity of the South American diaspora. 
NYC SAMF was launched by a group of artists from Argentina (Sofia Rei and Sofia Tosello), Colombia (Gregorio Uribe) and Venezuela (Juancho Herrera) who are now known as El Colectivo Sur, together with Lilihouse Agency, and continues with the addition of new artists for each edition.

About the line up:


Camila Meza is a rising star in the New York jazz scene and has been described by the New York Times as "a bright young singer and guitarist with an ear for music of both folkloric and pop intention". A native from Santiago de Chile, Camila has gathered great attention from her colleagues, the media and audiences in Chile, New York and internationally, for being considered an outstanding singer, guitarist, composer, arranger and improviser, who has a very distinctive way of blending jazz with her wide musical world that includes Latin American, Brazilian, folk and pop elements. With deep roots in jazz tradition and a unique way of approaching her songs, she creates musical landscapes that are full of color, interesting rhythms, deep melodies and soulful improvisations. She is equally skilled as a singer and guitarist, and she forms part of a reduced group of musicians that perform their instrument with great dexterity while maintaining a strong vocal presence.


"In the old days, a singing voice could make you fall in love. One of my favorite artists who can still pull off this trick is Camila Meza. The New York guitarist and singer is originally from Chile but came to the U.S. to study at the New School. Her voice here is absolutely beautiful. In fact, I'll go so far as to say the album is perfect in every way. A bouquet of flowers from an artist with big things ahead of her. Do yourself a favor and just buy it. Camila will re-introduce you to your heart." - Jazz Wax



A Guitarist, player of many Latin-American strings, arranger, composer and music producer, Aquiles Báez is the living history of music in Venezuela and Latin America, as well as an enthusiastic patron for countless musicians from emerging generations who have regarded him as a wise voice to follow. His compositions have traveled around the world and his guitar has delighted the most demanding audiences during what are now more than thirty years of his musical career. He has released thirteen albums and was the only Venezuelan chosen to join the select group of musicians who took part in the filming of the documentary Calle 54 by Spanish director Fernando Trueba, which documents the Latin music scene in New York. Likewise he participated in the project “Outro Centro “ by America Contemporanea” recorded in Sao Paulo, Brazil, also he is part of the group of soloist in the record “La passion segun San Marco” published by “Deutsche Grammophon”. In 2006, he recorded La Canción de Venezuela, Vol. 1,  with the tenor Aquiles Machado, which was recorded on DVD.In 2009 repeated the experience with La Canción de Venezuela. Its second volume, which was edited by Guataca Producciones, brought Báez and Machado together again while adding another big name in music to the line up: Alexis Cárdenas. In his amazing career Baez had composed music for films, dance, Theater, Television etc. He also had received many awards as arranger, composer, producer and performer.



Argentine vocalist, songwriter and arranger Sofia Rei combines in her music stylistic codes drawn from multiple sources, ranging from South American folkloric styles to jazz, contemporary music and electronic sounds. Building on the success of her second release Sube Azul (World Village-Harmonia Mundi), Sofia returns with the spellbinding De Tierra y Oro (of earth and gold), described as a series of “philosophical wanderings”. The album received two independent Music Awards in the World Beat category for Best Album and Best Song in 2013. Her work as a leader and as part of projects of John Zorn, Maria Schneider, Bobby McFerrin, Frank London, Myra Melford and others has taken her all around the world and earned her critical acclaim. She continues to set herself apart with a bold new vision in the global music scene. 

"As the Argentine singer Sofía Rei led her multinational band, the passion and clarity with which she assayed a tricky mix of South American rhythms and jazz-inflected harmonies made clear why she has been embraced by New York City audiences from Carnegie Hall to the hippest downtown haunts." - The New York Times

“Possesing a voluptuously full voice, comprehensive command of Latin American rhythms, and encyclopedic knowledge of folkloric forms from Argentina, Peru, Colombia, and Uruguay, Sofia has become an essential creative catalyst on a scene teeming with musicians eager to blend jazz with its South American siblings.” -Boston Globe

“Sofia's vocal prowess contains an emotional impact that leaves an audience gasping for air and begging for more. Her power and precision sets her apart from the legions of current jazz vocalists.” - The Latin Jazz Corner

"… Rei and her band treated us to stellar musicianship and genre-bending music." - NPR music


Since its foundation in 2005 by composer and trumpet player Gabriel Alegría, The Afro-Peruvian Sextet has produced four albums. Alegria combines his experience playing jazz as it developed in the U.S. with a passionate interest and careful study of the black music of coastal Perú. By incorporating and exploring the common African roots found in both styles, he has developed a uniquely Afro-Peruvian jazz music concept. The rich legacy of the black music of coastal Perú can be heard in a contemporary jazz context. In all of Alegria’s work, a cross-cultural exchange between the Americas is always present, carefully defining Afro-Peruvian jazz music as the newest voice to come from Latin America.

Amidst the Afro-Peruvian Sextet’s detailed fusion of Afro-Peruvian rhythms and jazz harmonies, lies a very authentic, “earthy” and honest interpretation.  The New York Times writes "on his sharp new album, trumpeter Gabriel Alegría teases out affinities between modern jazz and the African-influenced coastal music of his native Peru.” The extremes of Afro-Peruvian folklore from the coast and the spirit of jazz music coexist in a balance that is only possible by combining the types of charismatic (and idiosyncratic!) musicians that make up the Afro-Peruvian Sextet.  “Peruvian trumpeter Gabriel Alegría champions Afro-Peruvian music,” wrote Downbeat Magazine in a prominent review, “the hip asymmetrical bass line of Alegría’s El Norte is goaded by wonderful hand percussion and stickmanship on cajita from Hugo Alcázar and Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón.”  

Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón, founding member of the band, is one of the most important masters and exponents of Afro-Peruvian percussion and a three-time national Peruvian zapateo dancing champion.  In the Afro-Peruvian Sextet’s recordings and performances, he can be heard alternating between traditional instruments such as the cajón, the cajita and the quijada (that’s the jaw bone of an ass!).  This significant contribution is placed in the context of melodic jazz writing by Gabriel Alegría and Laura Andrea Leguía, also the band’s tenor saxophonist.  Time Out New York describes the music as “pieces full of color and drive, reflecting an immersion in the black music of Peru’s coastal regions.”  The bass chair is currently occupied by 5-time grammy award winner John Benitez and the “llanto” (crying) of the acoustic guitar by Peruvian criollo guitarist Yuri Juárez, himself winner of Latin Jazz Corner’s “guitar player of the year” award.  The band also boasts a talented roster of additional musicians that have played, performed and recorded with the band at different times.  Everyone that comes into the Afro-Peruvian Sextet becomes an important part of the band’s musical family. 

 "On his sharp new album, Nuevo Mundo, trumpeter Gabriel Alegría teases out affinities between modern jazz and the African-influenced coastal music of his native Peru." - The New York Times

“Alegria’s debut CD, Nuevo Mundo, highlights the trumpeter’s original compositions pieces full of color and drive, reflecting an immersion in the black music of Peru’s coastal regions.” - Time Out New York

“A fascinating glimpse into how jazz is fusing with regional music around the world.” - LA Weekly

“Peruvian trumpeter Gabriel Alegría champions Afro-Peruvian music.  The hip asymmetrical bass line of Alegría’s El Norte is goaded by wonderful hand percussion and stickmanship on cajita from Hugo Alcázar and Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón.” - Downbeat Magazine


The heartbeat of Nation Beat’s sound lies in a deliciously original 21st century fusion between thunderous Brazilian maracatu drumming and New Orleans second line rhythms. It is also the vibrant force of their explosive live show, which is frequently known to burst into crowd-wide Carnival-style drumming and singing. Nation Beat’s audacious energy seamlessly bridges folkloric Brazilian maracatu with classic NOLA roots music attracting an ever-growing legion of fans from across a wide demographic. Nation Beat plays the best kind of fusion in the world, the kind that doesn't try to fuse anything. An American/Brazilian collective, Nation Beat belongs to both sides of the equator. Nation Beat artistic director/founder Scott Kettner, a graduate of The New School University (NYC) and a former Latin Jazz Ambassador, is at once following the path of such Brazilian luminaries as Lenine and Chico Science, and forging new trails with a distinct, contemporary interpretation of the traditional 19th century Pernambuco-born rhythm. Kettner’s partners in the endeavor include front woman Fabiana Masili, a soaring powerhouse vocalist and rising Brazilian star with a commanding stage presence and raucous guitarist Mark Marshall whose singular style effortlessly encompasses a wide range of musics - funk, blues, soul and a bit of twang. The band is further propelled by fluid animated bass and two driving maracatu percussionists.
Multiculturalism isn’t another bland buzz word in the hands of Nation Beat. Borrowing, mixing and adapting musical traditions is at the very heart of Music, and it is the creative and animated pulse of Nation Beat.

"…A revelation...the most original and alluring fusion band I have heard in years!" —Banning Eyre, NPR

 “Dangerously funky.” —Village Voice

 “Groundbreaking.” —CMJ

 “Exuberant and inquisitive.” —The Boston Globe