El Colectivo Sur is an arts collective based in New York City with the mission to increase public awareness of South American arts throughout the world, expand its definition to embrace contemporary and experimental works and trends, and bring together diverse communities through the arts. El Colectivo Sur strives to realize its mission by engaging in partnerships with international artists, collectives and organizations, producing and curating cultural events throughout the year, and promoting the development of opportunities for artistic creation and cultural and musical exchanges.
The members of El Colectivo Sur are artists and arts professionals who bring to the table a diverse array of knowledge, skills and experience, including music project design and curatorship, festival production and arts management.
Founder of Lilihouse Agency, an artist management and music business consulting business based in New York City, Brambilla-Cotugno brings to El Colectivo Sur extensive experience in the music business, including independent record label and booking agency management. Brambilla-Cotugno was a key member of Wave Music and Forward Management, which she co-founded with the renowned DJ François Kevorkian. In 2012 Aurelie obtained a Certificate in Arts Administration from New York University (NYU). www.lilihouseagency.com
Guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Juancho Herrera has carved a name for himself in the NYC Latin and world music scene. Drawing from his South American roots and the influence of jazz and blues, Herrera has achieved a catalogue of original songs and unique renditions of Latin American music. His versatility and virtuosity as a guitarist have taken him around the world to perform along a diverse array of jazz and world music all-stars including Claudia Acuña, Marta Gomez, Lila Downs, Alejandro Sanz, Branford Marsalis, Mercedes Sosa, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and The Chieftains. www.juanchoherrera.com
Drawing from her formal education in philosophy, arts management and project management as well as wide-ranging professional experience in the business and non-profit worlds in North and South America, Olender brings a different perspective to everyday affairs. Both a generalist and a specialist, Olender contributes focus, direction, and order to El Colectivo Sur. Professionally, Olender provides specialized services to artists and small businesses, with a focus on efficiency, sustainability, reengineering and management of creative projects.
Award winning vocalist, songwriter and producer Sofia Rei is considered one of the most passionate and inventive musicians on the current New York music scene. Her music explores connections between the various traditions of South American folklore, jazz, world music and electronic sounds. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Rei ties together diverse influences in a program full of rhythmic complexity, and a melodic purity that haunts even as it uplifts. www.sofiamusic.com
Originally from Córdoba, Argentina, vocalist, composer and music educator Sofia Tosello is a cherished voice in the vibrant scene of New York City artists who are redefining Latin American song and new Tango. Christopher Loundon, writing in Jazz Times, notes that “ the next wave in Latin-American jazz may well begin with Tosello…” Tosello has also performed and recorded with talented and renowned musicians such as Grammy Winner Thalia, Grammy Nominee Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra, Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernandez , Guillermo Klein, Aquiles Baez, Yuri Juarez, and many more. www.sofiatosello.com
Musician and producer from Caracas, Venezuela, Rafael Urbina has been influential member of the Venezuelan music industry for the last 10 years. As a event producer he had produced Festival Nuevas Bandas (Best alternative music festival in Venezuela), El Hatillo Jazz Festival and El Festival Ni tan Nuevas Bandas. As a musician Urbina is an active member of Famasloop (two Latin Grammy nominations). Professionally, Rafael works many areas of the music industry with special emphasis in event production, sponsorship, creative marketing and social media.