A bel­low sound

Mid Day - - The Guide -

The ban­do­neon is a free reed in­stru­ment and a vari­ant of the ac­cor­dian. The now, char­ac­ter­is­tic Ar­gen­tine in­stru­ment has its roots in 19th cen­tury Ger­many, when it was de­vel­oped. Un­like ac­cor­dions, ban­do­neons have but­tons in­stead of keys. The main dif­fer­ence be­tween the two is one of sound, wherein the lat­ter helps play edgier notes that are not pos­si­ble with sim­i­lar in­stru­ments.

Palmeri fondly re­calls his trav­els to Europe and Mo­rocco, where Polonara joined him to play the ban­do­neon. “It was fan­tas­tic to see Catholics and Mus­lims ap­pre­ci­ate the mu­sic equally,” he says. “Mu­sic is a good way to con­nect peo­ple of dif­fer­ent re­li­gions.” Some­thing that he hopes to do yet again in Mum­bai.


Darío Polonara

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