Award winning harmonica virtuoso, Joe Powers is taking his instrument to new heights with engaging and energetic performances that cover a full spectrum of musical genres.
He has been performing globally since he won the 4th place in the diatonic Jazz division of the World Harmonica Championship in Trossingen, Germany in 2005. He has performed for London's Tango Extravaganza, Tokyo's World Tango Festival and Tango Miracle, Lausanne's Tango Folies, Paris Tango Championships, and the World Harmonica Festival in France just to name a few. His first solo album, "Amor de Tango," was recorded in Buenos Aires accompanied by the Tango masters of Argentina in 2007. His 2009 classically influenced album, "Melancolie" composed by Grammy nominee, Michael Hoppe, has been touching and inspiring many hearts and spirits.
Powers won classical division of the world-wide Crystal Harmonica Contest in 2008. He is the only known professional Tango harmonica player in the United States, and is considered one of the best in the world. In 2010, Joe is featured on Michael Allen Harrison's "Tango" (MAH Records), Michael Hoppe's "Tapestry" (Spring Hills) , and Japan's most popular Jazz guitarist, Yosuke Onuma's "Jam Ka" (Sony Music Japan). In addition to his native English, he is fluent in Spanish, proficient in French, and is currently studying Japanese. www.joepowers.com
Naoko Aoki began her piano studies at the age of 4. After graduating from the prestigious Musashino Conservatory in Tokyo, she lived in Argentina and studied with such Tango masters as Nicolas Ledesma and Emilio de la Pena. She served as the principal pianist for over two years at the only Tango Orchestra School in the world, La Orquesta Escuela in Buenos Aires. Today, she is considered by many to be the top Tango pianist living in Japan. She travels every year to South America for performances. She is the leader of her Tokyo based Tango sextet Aurora which performed at the Tango Festival in Buenos Aires last summer, and has released two albums; "Puerto a Puerto" (Latina 2009) and "Bajo El Cielo de Buenos Aires" (Latina 2010)
Powers and Aoki met in Buenos Aires in 2007 when Powers was recording his Tango album, "Amor de Tango." Since then, the duo has been performing together globally, electrifying the audiences and dancers alike from Buenos Aires, Paris, major US cities to Tokyo. Their appearance at the Vancouver Tango Live 2011 will mark their debut performance as DUO at a Canadian Tango festival.