There was no way Sofia Viola wasn’t going to end up a musician. The daughter of a famous Argentinian trumpeter and a dancer, Viola grew up in a home that lived and breathed music. She learned to play the 10-stringed ronroco, an Argentinian version of the charango, a diminutive Andean lute that traditionally uses a dried armadillo shell as the back of the soundbox and is a visual cross between a mandolin and a ukelele. As a teenager she began to study the theatre and (as you do) discovered rock music. The resulting musical influence was a stew of tango, bolero, rumba, pop and rock, a heady mix that would come to be delivered with Viola’s trademark sultry, edgy style.
A consummate road warrior and wild child, Viola toured fiercely across South America throughout her 20s, sometimes traveling alone, accumulating experiences that she turned into songs, but also occasionally in bands like the amusingly named Mahatma Dandys. Along the way, Viola became a masterful writer, composer and performer who has recorded four albums produced by South American musical heavy hitters like Ezequiel Borra and Andrés Mayo. Viola’s music is a raw, uninhibited shout of joy, a slither of come hither, a middle finger to mainstream and a joy to behold.
Biography by Shereen Samuels