JOE POWERS on Harmonica AND Tango y Nada Mas! – Sunday 18th August.
The AMAZING tango harmonica player, Joe Powers will be joining us on 18th August – and we will dance to his incredible playing!
And yes! Tango y Nada Mas! (aka Luis Rodriguez and Elizabeth Knock) will be showing us how we can “Get More Contrasts into Vals” in a Special Workshop.
With Hernán Brusa as DJ, Joe Powers AND Luis Rodriguez and Elizabeth Knock, I can honestly say this promises to be a great Tango on the Thames – event with lots and lots of glorious dancing!
£20 Special Workshop + Milonga
£12 Milonga only
The Shepherd Hall
St Thomas’s Hospital
Westminster Bridge Rd
How to get there?
Whack the address into Google Maps, or…
Either WESTMINSTER, cross Westminster Bridge, St Thomas’s on the right-hand side
…OR WATERLOO, Walk south-west on York Rd towards Chicheley St, Turn left onto Forum Magnum Square, Turn right onto York Rd, Turn left onto Westminster Bridge Rd/A302
There is a pay car park at St Thomas’s Hospital, which you approach from the south.
Harmonica virtuoso, Joe Powers is known for bending and blending genres from jazz to classical, hip-hop to world music, and Argentine Tango. Since gaining a music degree from the University of Oregon he has performed around the world, from Paris to Tokyo and won the Belgian Crystal Harmonica Award/Classical Division in 2008.
Powers has collaborated with renowned Tango maestros including; Narcotango, Tanghetto, Otros Aires, Nicolás Ledesma, Emilio de la Peña, Horacio Cabarcos, Pablo Motta, the UK’s “Tango Siempre”, and Japan’s “Orquesta Aurora”. He has also appeared with groups/artists as diverse as Pink Martini, British pop icon Jamie Cullum, Canadian Boogie-Woogie pianist, Michael Kaeshammer, Sony jazz guitarist Yosuke Onuma, French blues legend J.J. Milteau, and the Ichikawa Symphony Orchestra in Japan.
In 2012 his Tango quintet was featured with sold-out performances at one of North America’s top Classical music series, the Oregon Bach Festival, sharing the bill with super star violinist, Joshua Bell. In 2013 he guest stared with the Vancouver Symphony orchestra kicking off their 35th season with double performances of the Gordon Jacob Harmonica Suite. On his 2016 world tour he gave a sold-out concert with the Barcelona Symphonic Band, and performed the Villa Lobos Harmonica concerto with the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra guest conducted by famous Bulgarian conductor, Emil Tabakov. Most recently, on his 20th tour in Japan, Joe was voted “favorite artist” by FM Osaka listeners and his trio was a headliner at the 37th annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival.
His fifth studio album, “Apasionado” was recorded in April, 2015 in Buenos Aires with some of Argentina’s top Tango musicians and features six of Joe’s original compositions as well as six Tango classics. More information at: www.joepowers.com
Luis Alberto Rodriguez Predieri (Buenos Aires) and Elizabeth Knock (Wales…
…are a well-known couple in London and around the UK and have been teaching and performing together for the last five years. They have built a school together in London but also regularly teach and perform in many cities around the UK, including being resident teachers in Tango Warwick and Tango Cotswolds and regular visiting teachers at Leicester, Suffolk, Norfolk and Derby. They have taught and performed at the main Milongas in London, for the Argentine Embassy, the V&A, Taste of London, Borough market, ArtsEd performing arts school, in Europe and of course in Buenos Aires.
Hernán Brusa was born in Buenos Aires, the heart of Tango. He discovered this wonderful rhythm thanks to his grandfather, who had been a ‘milonguero’ during the golden age and always listened to Carlos Di Sarli and Aníbal Troilo in his house.
He studied with many famous tango masters- with Alejandra Mantiñán, and Gabriel Angió & Natalia Games being the ones who shaped his style. He has been teaching since 2002 in various cities in Argentina, America, Europe and Asia. From 2003 to 2008, he dedicated himself to stage tango, performing every evening in the shows of Buenos Aires.
In 2009, he lived in Tokyo to work in a Tango school there. In 2010 he decided to take a break from tango as a career. Returning from Japan, he felt that something in his tango was not the way he wanted it and that his dance had not matured enough. He took on a “normal” job, continued to take private classes with his masters just for pleasure, and danced in the milongas almost every night until dawn for 4 years. Until he found his style. In September 2014 he went to live in Europe, where he returned to tango as a profession, dedicating himself mainly to teaching Tango Salón. He has brought Argentine tango to Italy, the UK, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, Israel, Turkey, Portugal and Switzerland, transmitting the style of the Buenos Aires milongas and the passion that has been in his blood for 2 generations.
Tango for Hernan is not just a profession, it is a way of living, a way of expressing himself by embracing someone and breathing together, of getting lost on the dance floor to the rhythm of an orchestra whilst time stops. In tango he has discovered a fabulous way to be happy.