Troilo Centennial Kickoff


It’s called a Bandoneonazo, where 100+ bandoneonists gather to pay homage to the greatest one of all time — Anibal Troilo.  Ten years ago they got together at Teatro Colon.  Today at noon they will join at the recently inaugurated Piazzolla passage way near the Obelisco to perform Troilo compositions.  It will be exciting to see and hear 100+ bandoneonists.   It doesn’t happen very often, even in Buenos Aires. There  are concerts scheduled during the week leading up to Dia del Bandoneon on July 11, the 100th anniversary of Troilo’s birth and ending with a concert in Teatro Colon on July 14.

DSCN6188 - new fountain at Pasaje Piazzolla

I arrived at 11:30 and was pleasantly surprised to see the fountains with a sculpture at both ends of the closed street.  It’s known as Pasaje Piazzolla to honor the bandoneonista.

DSCN6189 - bandoneonistas begin to arrive at 1130am

Only a few of the bandoneonistas arrived early for the event scheduled for noon.

DSCN6190 - chairs being set up for Bandoneonazo

Many of the one hundred chairs on the plaza remained empty during the Bandoneonazo.

DSCN6191 - antique bandoneon 1835

A private unveiling of a bandoneon made in 1835.

DSCN6192 - young players admiring an antique bandoneon

The bandoneon  made in 1835 fascinates the young musicians.

DSCN6193 - Gustavo Ramirez and his parents

Mr. and Mrs. Ramirez came to hear their son Gustavo play in the Bandoneonazo.



More arrivals with those large black padded cases containing the instrument that gives tango its special sound.

DSCN6197 Alberto Garalda (left)

Each musician posed for publicity photos in front of the official centennial sign on the plaza.


The younger and less experienced musicians took the back rows of seats on the plaza and left the front row to the famous ones: Walter Rios, Raul Garello, Horacio Romo, Julian Pane, and Daniel Binelli.  Missing from this famous lineup was Osvaldo Montes who died last Friday.  I heard the news from a woman attending the event.


Patiently waiting for others to arrive, they decided to play a few Troilo tunes to warm up for Quejas de Bandoneon.   Other recordings of the event:  video1 video2 video3  video4

DSCN6212 - the post show

It was a media event with television cameras and interviews galore.  But what came later was just as special.  Two young bandoneonistas stayed around and played Troilo compositions. They’re the future of tango.  It was obvious how much they love tango.

DSCN6216 - another player who stayed to play for the people

Another musician continued to play as well for those who didn’t want to leave.


DSCN6219 Daniel Binelli, Celeste, Alberti Garalda

Do women play bandoneon?  Yes.  I met Celeste who has played for three years and asked me to take this photo with Maestro Daniel Binelli and Maestro Alberto Garralda who has played since he was 12 and would only admit that he is over 80.


DSCN6221 - the future of tango This was my favorite part of the Bandoneonazo — when these young musicians played together on the plaza and people started dancing a milonga.  It takes lots of practice to know the tango repertoire from memory.



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