Astor Piazzolla Biography

Songwriter (1921–1992)
Argentine musician Astor Piazzolla composed and performed music for the bandoneón, and fused tango music with jazz and classical for a whole new sound.


Born March 11, 1921, Argentine Astor Piazzolla became a master of the bandoneón (a type of concertina) at a young age. He formed his own orchestra, playing tango music, but he was fascinated by both classical and jazz. With a new group, Quinteto Nuevo Tango, he began to experiment with a fusion of all three genres. At first, the tango community rejected this new sound, but it became a hit in the 1970s.

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