By Janet Reynolds
People often think of rhythm when they call up tango music. But the real heart of all things tango is the bandoneón.
We caught up with Héctor del Curto, who will be performing on the opening special event on July 8 (An Evening of Tangos), to learn more about this instrument.
The bandoneón originated in Germany and was invented to replace the organ for use in processions. The bandoneon is a small portable organ that comes from the concertina.
It is also a tricky instrument to play. “The keyboard has no logic. There is no order in the buttons so all the notes are mixed. With a chromatic scale you go all over the place,” del Curto says before ending with a joke. “It was created in Germany — they drink a lot so that’s why the instrument is like that.” MORE