THE BANDONEÓN is the square, german-made concertina that since the turn of the 20th century has provided the signature sound of Argentine tango music. The instrument is known to listeners for its clear tones and melancholic refrains, and to musicians for its idiosyncratic design and playing techniques. David Hodges has played the instrument since 1998 with many groups in New York and elsewhere, in festivals, concert halls, and mostly, milongas (the tango social events that last into the waning hours of the night).
Since relocating to New York in 2001, bandoneonist DAVID HODGES has focused on performing, composing, and arranging tango music within the vibrant New York City tango scene. He has performed with Los Chantas, Eternal Tango Orchestra, The Astoria Tango Orchestra, Dock Sud, Tangata, Los Changos Septet, Los Acustilocos, and other notable groups. He has performed with the Eternal Tango Orchestra in “Tango: Historias Breves” at NYU and at Lincoln Center’s Midsummernight’s Swing; with Tangata at the Chicago’s SummerDance Festival; with Argentine tenor Gaston Rivero at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall; and with Los Acustilocos at Merkin Concert Hall; and has appeared at numerous tango festivals around the US as well. He has appeared as a guest soloist with the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Philharmonic, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the SW Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and the “Guitars Under the Stars” Festival Orchestra of Hartford, CT. He was a featured performer in the musical play “Tango Masculino,” and can be heard on the soundtrack to the film “American Carny” and in the tango-electronica track “Ta Tuado” (“Beginner’s Guide to Tango Lounge,” Nascente, 2007), among other recordings. He recorded live in Seoul, Korea with Cantonese singer Hacken Lee on the CD/DVD “Concert Hall II” (Universal Music, 2006) and performed concerts with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Taiwanese vocalist Jeff Chang at the Hong Kong Coliseum (EastAsia DVD, 2006), where he debuted his original composition, “Hong Kong Porteño.”