Native of San Juan, Argentina, JP Jofre is an award-winning bandoneon player and composer that is repeatedly highlighted by the New York Times and praised as one of today’s leading artists by Great Performers at Lincoln Center. JP and the JP Jofre Hard Tango Chamber Band will be joined by Argentinian singer Sofia Tosello, known for connecting emotionally with her audience through the exploration of drama and tango!
Native from San Juan, Argentina, JP Jofre is an award winning bandoneon player and composer. He has been repeatedly highlighted by the New York Times and praised as one of today’s leading artists by Great Performers at Lincoln Center. His music has been recorded by 16 times Grammy winner Paquito D’ Rivera, Orpheus Orchestra and Kathryn Stott. Jofre is a recipient of the National Prize of the Arts grant in Argentina, he has taken his form of contemporary Tango to some of the most important festivals around the world including Celebrity Series of Boston and Umbria Jazz Festival, among others. As soloist he has appeared with the San Antonio Symphony, San Diego Symphony and Argentina’s NSO to name a few. JP has also given lectures at Google Talks, TEDtalks and The Juilliard School. He is currently writing two double concertos commissioned by clarinetist producer Sunny Kang and violinists Francisco Fullana and Michael Guttman co-commissioned by Classical Music Institute of San Antonio, Balearic Islands Symphony and Metropolis Ensemble. More at JPJofre.com
The JP Jofre Hard Tango Chamber Band, based in NYC, was started in 2008 by bandoneonist and composer Juan Pablo (J.P.) Jofre. The quintet focuses on Jofre’s original works as well as authentic interpretations of legendary composer Astor Piazzolla. Argentinian expatriate JP Jofre, highlighted several times by the New York Times, and praised by Lincoln Center, who called him “one of today’s leading tango artists,” has seen his reputation grow by leaps and bounds. After its debut performance at the Public Theatre in NYC in 2008, the group has appeared at Great Performers at Lincoln Center, Celebrities Series of Boston, and Seattle Town Hall, Seoul Art Center, Argentina, Panama World Music Festiva, Pro Arte in Puerto Rico and Tokyo-Japan among many others.
Originally from Córdoba, Argentina, Vocalist and Music Educator Sofia Tosello is a cherished voice in the vibrant scene of New York City artists who are redefining Latin American song. Christopher Loundon, writing in Jazz Times, notes they “ The next wave in Latin –American jazz may well begin with Tosello”. Sofia has performed and recorded with artists such as Grammy Winner Mexican Pop singer Thalia, Horacio “ El Negro Hernandez”, Grammy-Winner Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra, Guy Mendilow Ensemble, Aquiles Baez, Mariela Franganillo Dance Company, Polly Ferman and Glamour Tango, among others. Ms Tosello has performed in renowned stages in the USA, Asia and Latin America.
In the fall 2011 and 2012 she had been part of the music faculty at Swarnabhommi Academy of Music in Chennai, India along with musicians such as Victor Wooten, Dafnis Prieto among others. She is currently one of the Jazz Vocal Professors at New Jersey City University. Ms.Tosello is also currently teaching jazz for young people through Webop Music Program at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
“The purity of Tosello’s voice is matched by the vibrancy of her emotional palette and inventiveness of her cross-cultural technique.” – Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times