Sofia Ribeiro is one of the greatest voices from Portugal, 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 deep connection to Portuguese traditional music and endless hours of listening to Brazilian legendary musicians, Sofia’s artistry challenges the boundaries of music labels. With ten albums as a leader, she has been touring all over the world for the past 18 years. Sofia has won several international vocal prizes, such as the vocal jazz competitions “Voicingers” (Poland, 2008) and the “Crest Jazz Vocal” (France, 2010) and the second prize at the Brussels “Young Jazz Singers” competition (Belgium, 2005). Her previous album “Ar” has received the prize “Révélation” from the famous magazine Jazzman (Paris). She has a degree in Jazz Performance from ESMAE (Portugal) and, during her studies, she did one-year exchange programs in Barcelona at ESMUC (Barcelona), and at Berklee College of Music (Boston), which she did through an international scholarship. Sofia taught alongside ten-time Grammy award winner Bobby McFerrin at Omega Institute, she was an artist in residence at the Carnegie Hall in New York, and recently gave a TED talk in Colombia about the transformative power of vocal improvisation. She is well-known for her strong, emotional and uplifting performances, where she enthusiastically tells stories about the songs and often invites the audience to sing with her.
Sofia Ribeiro Quartet