It will be a “Holiday in Buenos Aires” at the Lincoln Theater with Argentinian composer and master bandoneon player JP Jofre on Dec. 10.
The young virtuoso was an instant sensation during his last visit to Napa in 2015. He returns now with Michael Guttman and Symphony Napa Valley to perform new takes on the “Four Seasons” by Piazzolla and Vivaldi, holiday favorites from North and South America, and an original concerto for violin and bandoneon.
The first few notes that signal the trapped heat of tango can only be produced by the bandoneon. This special instrument, which looks like an accordion but plays like an organ with four keyboards, is renowned for the beauty of its sound and its expressive range and flexibility. It has become the distinctive voice and soul of the tango.
Composer Astor Piazzolla, the originator of nuevo tango and the world’s foremost composer of tango music, introduced the bandoneon to concert audiences, and Jofre has embraced this tradition, taking his form of contemporary tango to venues in Asia, Europe, America and the Caribbean as soloist and composer.
Highlighted by the New York Times and praised as one of today’s leading artists by Great Performers at Lincoln Center, Jofre has collaborated with Paquito D’Rivera, Gloria Estefan, Kathryn Stott, Symphony Silicon Valley, San Antonio Symphony, Dallas Symphony and Fred Sturm among others.
He has been part of festivals around the world, including Umbria Jazz Festival, Google Talks, TEDtalks, and Great Performers at Lincoln Center. His work was recently described by the San Jose Mercury News as “sweepingly romantic, elegantly crafted and rhythmically charged.”
The founder of the J.P. Jofre Hard Tango Chamber Band, in 2008 Jofre appeared on NBC’s Rosie O’Donnell Live, performing alongside the Lombard Twins and violinist Nick Danieson.
For the world premiere of his Bandoneon Concerto, the Mercury News wrote: “…he is an electrifying composer-bandoneon player.”
For the concert at Lincoln Theater, Jofre will perform with violinist and conductor Michael Guttman and Symphony Napa Valley. The delicacy of the bandoneon will be showcased in his authentic interpretations of Piazzolla as he incorporates the tango rhythms he heard growing up in San Juan, Argentina and his background in chamber music.
The program also includes holiday classics from across the Americas.
As noted by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, “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 plays with immense personality and confidence.”
The performance at Lincoln Theater in Yountville begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $30-$55 and are free for children. To reserve seats, contact the box office at lincolntheater.org or call 707-944-9900.