& The Hard Tango Chamber Band
Bandoneon and Composer
Recipient of the National Prize of the Arts grant in Argentina, Mr. Jofre has taken his form of contemporary tango to some of the most important venues in Asia, Europe, America and the Caribbean as soloist and composer.
“The Argentine bandoneon artfully played by JP Jofre” The New York Times
“JP Jofre proved a master of the bandoneon. Recreating the visceral charge of Piazzolla’s legendary quintet concerts and recordings, Jofre led a high-tech combo in four of the composer’s most popular tango creations.” South Florida Classical Review
“Piazzolla’s music lives or dies with the bandoneon, and Jofre has the technique and personality in abundance for this music. Dressed all in black but for his stylish glasses with white frames, he played with immense personality and confidence…” The Boston Musical Intelligencer
“JP Jofre is one the most important Argentinean Bandoneon players and composers” CNN EN ESPAÑOL
“Jofre’s “Tango Movements” which he composed originally for symphony orchestra. The spirited ﬁrst movement gave way to a soulful center section and the contrast of Mr. Jofre’s playing was fascinating to see and hear. Mr. Jofre again dazzled with his bandoneón, played with artistry and passion.” VOCE DI MECHE
He has collaborated with many renowned musicians and orchestras in a wide range of musical styles, including 16-time Grammy Winner Paquito D’Rivera, pianist Kathryn Stott, Gloria Estefan, Symphony Silicon Valley, Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Argentina, Sacramento Philharmonic, Philippe Quint, Fernando Otero, Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Napa Symphony, Michael Guttman and Fred Sturm among others.
Mr. Jofre has received commissions and been part of prestigious festivals including the Celebrity Series of Boston, Umbria Jazz Festival, Great Performers at Lincoln Center, Seattle Town Hall’s Global Rhythms, Borislav Strulev’s Belgorod Music Festival, Sudtirol Jazz Festival, American Virtuosi, Nina Beilina and Bachanalia Taiwan. For the world premiere of his Bandoneon Concerto, the Mercury News wrote: “…he is an electrifying composer-bandoneon player.”
In 2012, Jofre was invited by the Free University of Bolzano and SudTirol Festival (Italy) to perform for the homage to Argentinean Nobel Peace Prize winner, Adolfo Perez Esquivel. He proudly uses the New AA by Bandonion Fabrik Klingenthal and is excited to present his newly released album “Manifiesto” with the JP Jofre Hard Tango Chamber Band.
JP Jofre Hard Tango Chamber Band
“Jofre’s compositions are masterly and his quintet is excellent” Paquito D’ Rivera
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-Japana among many others. Along with Jofre, the band comprises violinist Eric Silberger, cellist Amy Kang, double bassist Christopher Johnson, and pianist Pablo Cafici with guests Ron Wasserman and Siyi Fang.