Project Description

    Sofia Ribeiro – Ar
    Sofia Ribeiro is one of the greatest voices from the country of fado, a magnificent singer who has the ability to immediately attract the listener to her unique musical universe. With a solid background in jazz studies, a very deep connection to Portuguese traditional music, and endless hours of listening to Brazilian legendary musicians, Sofia’s artistry challenges the boundaries of music labels. Well-known for her strong and emotional performances, the multi-awarded singer has captivated audiences all over the world with her warm and charming sound. Blending elements of jazz, pop, Brazilian and Portuguese music, ‘Ar’ is the result of the powerful combination of this exceptional singer’s talent as a vocalist and composer with the brilliant arrangements and production of Colombian pianist Juan Andrés Ospina. Including several original compositions, two songs by Brazilian musicians and two adaptations of poems by renowned Portuguese writers, “Ar” is a journey where emotions, images and poetry interact through Sofia’s splendid voice and a superb ensemble of international top musicians living in New York.

    Sofia Ribeiro, voice, alumni
    With over five albums as a leader, including her lasted CD “Ar”, Sofia Ribeiro has been touring all over the world for the past years, collaborating with top musicians from Europe and U.S.A. She has a diploma in Jazz from ESMAE (Porto), and a master’s degree from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. During her studies, she did one-year exchange programs at ESMUC (Barcelona), at Berklee College of Music (Boston), and at the CNSMDP (Paris), with international scholarships. She has won several international prizes, such as the first prize at the “Voicingers” competition (Poland, 2008), the first prize at the “Crest Jazz Vocal” competition (France, 2010), and the second prize at the Brussels “Young Jazz Singers” competition (Belgium, 2005).


    Juan Andrés Ospina, piano

    Andres Rotmistrovsky, double bass
    Andres Rotmistrovsky is an Argentinian bassist, producer, composer and educator based in New York City. He has played and recorded with acclaimed artists such as Joan Baez, Paquito D’ Rivera, Eva Ayllon, Leon Gieco and Marta Gomez, and has performed in prestigious venues such as the Blue Note, the Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, the Latin Grammys, the Apollo Theater and the Boston Symphony Hall.
    He graduated with honors from Berklee College of Music, where he was awarded several scholarships, such as the “Charles Mingus Award 2007” and the “Outstanding Performer Award 2007”.
    Andres’ unique and innovative style of arranging and playing songs for solo-bass and duets has called the attention of music critics and listeners all over the globe.

    Salvador Toscano, drums

    Porto Superior School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE), Portugal
    Porto’s Superior School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE), belonging to the Porto’s Polytechnic Institute (IPP) emerged (1994), after the extinction of the Superior School of Music, with intention to widen its offer of graduation courses to other artistic areas beyond music. Nowadays, ESMAE encloses three departments: Music (instrument, singing, composition, early music, jazz, production and music technologies); Theatre and Visual Arts.ESMAE has developed varied partnerships in order to give a chance to its students to show their work, off campus through concerts and festivals.
    ESMAE has nearly 830 students and 140 teachers. ESMAE has got more than 90 cooperation agreements with international institutions and has been taking part in European projects since 2003;active partner in AEC and ELIA (performing arts european associations), in several ERASMUS IPs such as Operamedia, IICS, SACS, La Follia, Phoenix and promoter of several national and international festivals like HARMOS festival, IRI and SET.