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Astor Piazzolla
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Composer
    (March 11, 1921-July 4, 1992)
    Raised in New York City
    Played the bandoneon accordion
    Known for his tangos
    Albums include 'La Camorra: The Solitude of Passionate Provocation,' 'Tango: Zero Hour,' 'The Rough Dance and the Cyclical Night,' 'Five Tango Sensations,' 'Pulsacion,' 'Love Tanguedia,' 'Concierto para Bandoneon' and 'Tres Tangos para Bandoneon y Orquesta'
    First things first: he played the accordion.
    He tried to be a traditional classical composer, but failed and had to go back to tangos and folk music.
    Because of his unorthodox style, he was hated by classical and folk music purists alike.
    One music critic called his work 'only a bunch of annoying sounds.'
    He once incited a riot by playing the bandoneon with a symphony orchestra in Buenos Aires.
    Some dancers complain that his music is too complex and 'undanceable.'
    He never performed sitting down, saying: 'I refuse to look like an old woman knitting.'
    He was a virtuoso on the bandoneon, which is an extremely difficult instrument.
    He combined folk, classical, jazz and even rock influences for a unique sound.
    Despite his controversial start, he became the best-known tango musician in the world.
    One critic called him 'the Duke Ellington of the tango.'
    He recorded with Yo-Yo Ma and the Kronos Quartet.
    A composition of his was used as the main theme in Terry Gilliam's 'Twelve Monkeys.'

Credit: Wieland Kalligaro


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