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Sonia Brex by Michael Mann
  • country:Germany
  • label:Piranha Arts AG
  • type: Composer/Songwriter, DJ/Remixer
  • gender:female
  • instrumentation:instrumental, vocal
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Sonia Brex - Fruehling in Berlin

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Sonia Brex studied piano and classical music at the Conservatory in Catania (Italy) but found the DIY of pop and rock more stimulating and joined the band "Quartered Shadows" (C.Basile, T.Marletta and A.Platania). She left her Sicilian homeland in 1990 for the city which changed the course of history when the wall was toppled. The German capital was also home to many of her musical idols - Einstuerzende Neubauten and Nick Cave for example. Life in Berlin proved freer and more inspiring than in conservative southern Italy. And so she remained, working on multimedia projects at the Akademie der Kuenste and in collaborations with Berlin-based artists Rechenzentrum and Jazzanova. But Brex also imports a bit of home: Aperix events, an Italian tradition bringing friends together after work for music and refreshment. Bringing people and music together is the underlying theme running through "Naif", her debut album on Piranha, as well as the main goal of Sonia Brex.

Press quotes

"'Naif' warms even without the summer sun - the songs shine from the heart all by themselves"
Hendrik Lakeberg (De:Bug)

"Selbst wer kein Fan von Lounge-Musik ist, muss zugeben: Sonia Brex weiss, was sie tut. Souveraen mischt sie ihre Samples, Sounds und Stimme zusammen, und das Ergebnis kann sich hoeren lassen. Mit diesem Album kann auch der Herbst kommen - mit der richtigen Beschallung macht auch Melancholie Spass."
Claire Horst (Aviva Berlin)

"A Berlin and artworld mainstay unafraid of minor 7 chords and other jazzy errata, Sonia Brex's unclassifiably eclectic semi-electropop maintains a calmness at its center that should appeal to fans of Barbara Morgenstern, Gudrun Gut and other considered and considerate types."
From the Popkomm Blog entry "Ask the Experts" by
D. Strauss, who is Senior Editor of EXBERLINER Magazine.

"Zusammen mit ihrem Co-Produzenten Salvo Dub hat sie schicke bis fette Elektro-Pop-Perlen zusammengestellt, die weder mit knusprigen Beats geizen noch mit sportlichem Dance-Appeal. Eine Scheibe fuer alle Gelegenheiten. urban, schick, intelligent, humorvoll und gespickt mit coolen Ideen."
Sound and Image, 22 September 2010

"[...]Alles wurde so elegant zurechtgeschliffen und artig in den Beats zum Electronica-Pop geschaukelt, zu dem Sonia Brex auch zurueckhaltend genug singt, dass hier keine wirklichen Brueche zu hoeren sind.Unaufdringlich kraeuselt die Musik mit ihren Zehen und taenzelt vor sich hin und nimmt es einem nicht allzu krumm, wenn man sich zwischendurch mit den Ohren mal entfernt und sich aus seinem Sessel schaelt und einen neuen Cocktail holen"
"[...]Everything has been elegantly polished and nicely cradled in electronica-pop beats, over which Sonia's singing is just low key enough to keep it seamless.
Unobtrusively the music wiggles its toes and dances here and there and does not take it amiss if the listener takes his ears away for a moment to go to the bar to get another cocktail"
Thomas Mauch(taz Plan)

"[Good Times] is a refreshing take on a song that has become a bit stale, although it's not helping that we've heard Chic's version 3 million times already. Nile rodger's plucky bassline has been replaced by a steady electronic mimic, and can I say how much I love that lushpiano that trickles in and out? It complements Brex' subdued voice quite nicely, and her slight accent adds even more eloquence."

"Tres elegant ist aber die originelle Coverversion der Chic-Hits "Good Times"."
Folker 06 2010

"The sultry, techno-pop tunes of "Naif" move in undulating tones with minimal lyrics that come from Brex's soulful, easing voice, as each track moves forward effortlessly in a seemingly natural and rythmically-propelled motion."
Wend Blog

"Die aus Sueditalien stammende Berlinerin besinnt sich puenktlich zum Beginn der grauen Jahreszeit auf den "Fruehling in Berlin", und bei dieser warmen musikalischen Interpretation kann man sich auch durchaus versucht fuehlen, seinen Latte auch im November vor der Tuer einzunehmen."
"For the beginning of the cold time of year the berliner from southern Italy evokes the "Fruehling in Berlin" and with this warm musical interpretation one is tempted to enjoy one's Latte on the porch even in November."
Raveline 2 November 2010

"At [Naif]'s heart there is a welcome simplicity to this that actually shows deep intelligence, wether on "A Mors Taranta", which uses small fragments to create a tarantella, or the post-jazz "Smoky Town"."
Chris Nickson,

"Naif is an album [...] glowing with unshakable optimism."
Groovemine Oct 2010

"[...] Hier steckt so viel Finesse, Liebe und auch Konsequenz im Detail, dass es eine wahre Freude ist."
"[This album] has so much finesse, love and also consistency, that it's a real pleasure."
Livestyle Saarland Nov 2010

"A Sicilian expatriate living in Berlin, -Sonia Brex sings and writes cosmopolitan pop songs at once contemporary and yet filled with fleeting memories of music past."
Express Milwaukee 27 Dec 2010



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