Joe Yoga is a songwriter, stage performer, poet and visual artist from NYC. For over fifteen years, he has been bringing his music and art to NYC’s stages, festivals, subway platforms, and gallery walls. His unique songwriting style and passionate performances have made him and favorite of and a fixture at venues across the city.
As a singer/songwriter he regularly plays all over NYC and beyond, both solo and with his band Downward Dogs, whose debut album Familiar Techniques arrived in August 2012. It was recorded and mixed by Brian Speaker at SpeakerSonic in Brooklyn NY and mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering in Brooklyn. Find out more at www.downwarddogs.com.
His new solo record, Thirty Love, was recorded by Alex P. Wernquest and was released in August 2014. His last solo album, Life Out East, was released in September 2010. This and "The Dreamless Sea", an album of earlier recordings collected from now-unavailable releases, are available for free download at bandcamp.com.
He plays bass in Mimi Oz's band ROOSTER. LINK
He is working these days mainly in black and white, guitar, cassette tape, hand claps, acrylic, and the burdens of rage, love, and exhaustion towards "a sort of land-where-blues-began attentiveness to the half-broken heartbeat of a sound" (Nick Courage, A Mutual Respect Books and Music).
As a stage performer he has worked with playwright Natalie Underwood in her production of A Wendy Story, which will be doing a two week run at Under St. Marks Theater in July 2012. In 2010 he was featured in Ms. Underwood's play Buckle Up, in Kill the Band (Audience Choice Award Winner, 2010 Frigid Festival) and Ramblings of a Gentleman Scumbag (Imperial Award / Donor's Choice, 2010 Frigid Festival).
He produces an annual Christmas spectacular, "A Very Yoga Christmas", which will celebrate its eighth anniversary in 2015.
"Towering; baby-faced." - The Village Voice