Joe Powers - Extraordinary Harmonica

Award-winning Harmonica Virtuoso Joe Powers is known for bending and blending genres from Jazz to Classical, Blues to World Music, and Argentine Tango. He has been a global talent for over 20 years, performing more than 1000 concerts in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He won a Belgian Crystal Harmonica Award and took fourth place at the World Harmonica Championship in Germany. He is a harmonica ambassador at masterclasses and  events around the world. Joe Powers endorses Suzuki Harmonicas and BlowsMeAway Microphones.

Powers has collaborated with renowned Tango maestros including; Narcotango, Tanghetto, Otros Aires, Nicolás Ledesma, Emilio de la Peña, Oscar de Elía, 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. In 2013 he guest-starred with the Vancouver Symphony orchestra kicking off their 35th season with double performances of the Gordon Jacob Harmonica Suite. 

In 2014 on his Japan tour he performed with Jamie Cullum at Billboard Live in Tokyo. In 2015 he was a featured artist at the Harmonica Bridge Festival in Toruń Poland and returned to the Oregon Bach Festival for two concerts featuring Pianist Randy Porter and Guitarist Yosuke Onuma. 

2015 also saw the release of Joe's album with Pianist Naoko Aoki entitled, “Jacaranda en flor” and his album, “Apasionado” which was recorded in Buenos Aires with some of Argentina’s top Tango musicians. The album featuring six of Joe’s original compositions as well as six Tango classics.

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.

In 2017 Joe headlined at the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival with a tribute concert dedicated to harmonica great, Jean ‘Toots’ Thielemans. He also performed with Grammy-nominated composer Michael Hoppé's for his “Amistad” Concert in San Miguel Mexico.

In 2018 Joe made an 18 country world tour, including performances at the 20th annual International Congress of Argentine Tango (CITA) in Buenos Aires, and in Brazil for the first annual São Paulo Tango Festival.

In 2019 Joe completed a 20 concert Europe Tour including a performance at the HarmonicaUK Festival in Gloucester UK. He also joined Hawaiian Rock Singer Henry Kapono at Duke's on Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In 2020 Joe had a 21 concert tour in California and Mexico including a collaboration with Piantao Tango Orchestra. He also guest lectured for the Virtual HarmonicaUK Chromatic Weekend.

In 2021 Joe launched his online harmonica course, the Harmonica Path and he guest-starred at the Montana Baroque Music Festival.

In 2022 Joe performed at the Oregon Symphony's Waterfront Concert and made a 22 concert tour in Europe performing for the Mayor of the 15th district of Paris and at the Piernikowa Tango Festival in Toruń Poland.

His 2022 album, “Con Ojos Nuevos” was recorded in Madrid with pianist Guglielmo Foffani. The album features three original pieces from each artist and three famous masterpieces.

On his 2023 Europe tour Joe appeared at Tango festivals in Brittany, France, Bayonne, France and at the Gryf Tango Weekend in Szczecin, Poland.

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HIghlight Performances

20th CITA Festival - Buenos Aires
Tango Chilango Festival - Mexico City
Tangofolie Festival - Lausanne, Switzerland
England International Tango Festival
Tango Mango - South Zeal, UK
Media Luna Tango Festival - Cesena, Italy 
Tango Revolution Festival -  Cesena, Italy 
Mephisto Bal - Paris, France 
Tres Minutos - Toulouse, France 
Tango Nuevo Festival - Bonn, Germany 
Tango Ocho - Stuttgart, Germany 
Filmcasino Milonga - Münich, Germany 
WeiNeo Tango Festival - Vienna, Austria 
London Tango Extraveganza 
Tango Acropolis - Athens, Greece
Tokyo International Tango Festival 
World Tango Festival - Tokyo
Amigo Tango Festival - Tokyo 
Heartlands Tango Festival - Minneapolis 
São Paolo Tango Festival
San Diego Tango Festival
Tango Magic Festival - Seattle 
Vancouver Tango Marathon - Canada 
Passion for Tango Festival - Victoria, Canada
Portland Tango Festival
Valentango Festival - Portland, Oregon 

Buenos Aires Milongas: 
Niño Bien, La Virtua, El Catedrál de Tango, Milonga de Las Morrochas, Club Villa Malcóm.

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"One of the finest harmonica players in the world." 
Jamie Cullum, Top selling UK Jazz Pianist 

"During the past decade, Powers has become one of the world’s best diatonic and chromatic harmonica players, conquering the worlds of blues, jazz, classical and tango." 
Rob Cullivan, Portland Tribune 

"The most intriguing AmericanTango maestro of the 21st Century." 
H. Nishimura, Latina Magazine, Japan 

"Great repertoire and musicianship" 
Carlos Franzetti, Latin-Grammy winner and Argentine Composer 

"Joe Powers Tango Trio is class, virtuosity, complete intimacy, total simplicity." 
J.M. Coeffeur, La Nouvelle République 

“Amazingly versatile and deeply musical” 
Michael Hoppe Grammy-nominated Composer 

"Who knew the harmonica could sound so great!" 
Thomas M. Lauderdale, Pink Martini 

"Electric presence and musicality" 
Victoria Racz, Oregon Chamber Players 

"A very talented musician...very soulful." 
Howard Levy – Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Grammy Winner 

“A pleasure to hear harmonica virtuoso Joe Powers.” 
Salvador Brotons - Vancouver Symphony conductor 

"When I had the chance to jam with (Joe) it was one of those magical musical experiences...he's an amazing player!" 
Mark McMIllen -  Bobby Caldwell Band Music Director