The bandoneon is a type of accordion that has no keyboard, but buttons on both sides. It arrived in Argentina in the mid-19th century from Germany and quickly became an integral part of music for the tango, Argentina’s de facto national dance.
"Everybody says it started on the outskirts and maybe in the brothels, but probably so. The thing is, little by little, it made it into downtown. And when it arrived in Paris, then everything changed," says Eduardo Garcia-Novelli, artistic director of the Master Singers of Milwaukee.
Garcia- Novelli joined Lake Effect's Bonnie North in the performance studio, along with bandoneon player Daniel Binelli and Argentinian composer Martin Palmieri. The weekend the Master Singers of Milwaukee will perform two Misa Tango concerts — one on Saturday evening at Carthage College in Kenosha and Sunday afternoon at All Saints Cathedral in Milwaukee.
Misa Tango includes many tango-related pieces, including Palmieri’s Misa Tango, and some music featuring Binelli in solo performance.