A world-class Tango concert and dance celebration of Hiroshima Peace Day by International Tango harmonica/piano duo Joe Powers and Naoko Aoki.
Sponsored by Tango Revolution and SF Community Music Center
Sunday, August 9
7pm – 12 midnight
Community Music Center- Concert Hall
544 Capp St. SF
7-8pm Introductory Tango dance lesson with Sonja Riket
8:15-8:45pm Tango Concert with Joe Powers and Naoko Aoki
9-10pm Tango dance party (Milonga) and CD signing
A portion of the proceeds will be dedicated to the CMC scholarship fund
10-10:45pm Live music set for Tango social dancing by Joe and Naoko.
10:45pm Milonga continues
The events of Aug 6-9, 1946 (nuclear bombing of Hiroshima/Nagasaki, Japan) may have left a bitter taste in the world’s collective mouth, but this year Japanese pianist Naoko Aoki and US harmonica phenomenon Joe Powers intend to bring us a different message. Their friendship and musical partnership are a great example of how the power of the arts can bridge differences between two very distinct cultures.
Joe Powers, the only Tango harmonica artist in the US, is well known for his unique and soulful blend of jazz, tango and blues. When traveling to Buenos Aires, to record his first Tango CD, he met Japan’s top Tango pianist Naoko Aoki. Together, the international duo has exhilarated audiences from Argentina to USA and Japan with performances of this seductive dance music. This concert marks their first duo appearance in San Francisco!
Enjoy a selection of traditional Tangos, Waltzes and Milongas as well as Nuevo Tango and original compositions. The concert is preceded by an introductory dance lesson by award winning tango teacher Sonja Riket (no partner or dance experience necessary) and followed by a Live music Tango party.
Come listen, watch the social Tango dancers or join in the dance!
For more info contact Sonja Riket at 415.661.1852,
Artists info: Joe Powers: www.joepowers.com - Naoko Aioki: http://celeste.coplan.jp/
Watch a video-clip from their February 2009 performance at the University of Oregon, in Eugene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qTuOpU1Doc -