Argentina’s JP Jofre at the Strand

Bay Chamber brings Hard Tango to town

Jan 20, 2013
Photo by: Sergio R. Reyes Argentinian bandoneón player JP Jofre and his combo will heat up Rockland’s Strand Theatre, presented by Bay Chamber Concert.

Rockland — After sold-out, standing-ovation performances at the Umbria and Sudtirol Festival in Italy, composer and bandoneón player par excellence JP Jofre will make his Bay Chamber Concerts debut Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., with a sensuous program of music by Astor Piazolla, Leo Brower and his own much-praised compositions.

A winner of the National Prize of the Arts Grant in Argentina, Jofre has taken contemporary tango to some of the most important venues in Asia, Europe, America and the Caribbean as soloist, composer and arranger. He has collaborated with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Paquito D' Rivera Sextet, Nina Beilina, Dartmouth Wind Symphony Orchestra, Westchester Jazz Orchestra, San Juan National Symphony Orchestra and I soloist di Perugia, among many others. Jofre also has received commissions from many festivals and orchestras such as the Umbria Jazz Festival, Musica de Camara, and Bachanalia Taiwan.

For the Bay Chamber performance, Jofre will be joined onstage by violinist Christiana Liberis and pianist Yoni Levyatov. Born in Naples, Italy, Liberis began violin and piano studies while living in Athens, Greece, and after moving to the United States attended Wellesley College, the Conservatory at Purchase College and Mannes College of Music. Israeli pianist and composer Levyatov made his New York concerto debut in 2005 playing the Schumann concerto under the baton of Phillippe Entremont, as the winner of the Koch Competition, and his Israeli concerto debut under the baton of Marek Piarowski, playing the Schumann concerto with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets to the concert by the JP Jofre Hard Tango Chamber Band are $35; $25 for those age 21 to 35; and just $10 for those younger. Seating is general admission. For more information and tickets, visit Bay Chamber online at or call the box office at 236-2823.

Based in Rockport, Maine, Bay Chamber is a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming lives through high-quality concert programs, music education and community engagement. Bay Chamber Concerts presents music year-round at a variety of venues in Midcoast Maine. The annual Summer Music Festival in July and August and Performing Arts Series from October to June both showcase a variety of classical, jazz, world music, dance and film events.

Bay Chamber’s Music School, located in downtown Rockport, offers private instruction, group classes, orchestral opportunities and other music education to local musicians and community members of all ages and abilities.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or

JP Jofre, live
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