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a type of concertina popular in South America

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The master bandoneonist recalled that at one time the tango disappeared for years in Argentina, but then came a resurgence.
27 version had guitarist Moyano and bandoneonist Batistessa and added singer Dilek TE-rkan and double-bassist Arda ArdaE-es AgoE-yan.
Near the Constitucion train station, in a neighborhood with solid tango credentials, lives Rodolfo Mederos, a much-esteemed bandoneonist. He lives ht one of those old Buenos Aires row houses with ornate doors glistening proudly with marine varnish and a flight of marble stairs that one must climb once inside to reach the entry hall.
When I reel her at her studio, she was wearing the same tailored suit with the fur-muff collar that I saw her perform in several nights before, but in the afternoon light I can see now that her pants are worn ragged across the thighs, a tell-tale sign of a bandoneonist. (It comes from the constant rasping of the bandoneon back and Forth across the lap.)
The late Astor Piazzolla (1921-92) looms like a giant over every bandoneonist's shoulder.
One word of advice: don't ever mention accordion and bandoneon in the same breath in the presence of a bandoneonist. Bandoneonists, I have found, have a visceral disgust for the sound of the accordion, which they consider grating and unsophisticated.
Walther Castro, one of the new generation of bandoneonists, swears that nowhere does his instrument play as well as it does in Buenos Aires.
Even today, when Argentina's bandoneonists are celebrated around the world, back home in Buenos Aires the bandoneon is not allowed to perform in a Catholic church.
Asked about female bandoneonists, Azzi replies, "It is a masculine instrument.
With Iris blond curls and gold earring, Castro is clearly not one of your traditional bandoneonists. He has traveled the world performing the music of Buenos Aires, often in the company of Pablo Ziegler, a member of Piazzolla's glorious second quintet.
"Something else is going on." He confesses that he is perturbed by the penchant of many new bandoneonists to play music exactly the way they did in the 1940s.