Two dynamic forces from Argentina’s independent folk scene come together at Lotus. Composer, singer, and actress Sofía Viola writes songs that evoke both Latin American folklore and contemporary life. She borrows from an impressive variety of styles (tango, milonga, cumbia, vallenato, bolero, blues, pop, rock, the Argentinian “tropical wave”); accompanying herself on guitar or charangón (an Andean lute), Sofía sings with a raw strength, expressiveness, and humor. Dat Garcia says, “I love to say what I’m not supposed to say, and to mix things that are not supposed to mix.” Writing and producing all of her own tracks digitally, Dat experiments with stylistic fusions: trip hop with folk, drum and bass with cumbia, hacarera with trip hop, charango with flutes.


This engagement of Sofía Viola is funded through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.