The tango composer from East Ninth Street

The East Village has always been home to musicians, but I’d bet that few could play the bandoneon like Astor Piazzolla.

astorpiazzollaBorn in Argentina in 1921, Piazzolla moved with his parents to a tenement building at 313 East Ninth Street. 

He took up the bandoneon—an accordian-like instrument popular in Argentina and Uruguay—at age eight, supposedly after his father bought one for $19 in a New York pawn shop.

Piazzolla moved back to Argentina in 1937, where he eventually went on to popularize nuevo tango—a style that brought jazz and classical sounds to traditional tango music.

Listen to Piazzolla’s Soledad and Milonga Del Angel here.

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4 Responses to “The tango composer from East Ninth Street”

  1. kmc Says:

    You mean he moved to the Lower East Side!

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    Right! But I’m using the name the neighborhood goes by today.

  3. Henry Finkelstein Says:

    Hello fellow tango dancer!

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    If you see an event that has wrong information or is missing, make sure to fix it. The site is totally free with no ads, so hopefully it’s something the worldwide (and your local) community can use and enjoy :-).

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  4. mimi stern-wolfe Says:

    I am planning to present a TANGO concert on our seven year EAst Village Concert Series at St. marks in ther Bowery for our 2009-2010 season.

    Looking for repertory. I live on 12th Street and am artistic director of the series and am a pianist and conductor as well.

    I welcome ideas and our bent is more classical, concert music although I usually mix styles for diversity in the program. Thank you.

    sincerely., mmi stern-wolfe

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