A bellow sound
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.