Posts Tagged ‘Astor Piazzolla’

The tango composer from East Ninth Street

February 19, 2009

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.