Bandoneon, called the "soul of the tango" is a kind of accordion. It is often confused with the piano accordion, although it sounds much richer and gives musicians more opportunities. It has 88 or more buttons and quadrangular case. It belongs to the group of woodwind keyboard idiophones, and according to different classification belongs to the aerophones.


The name of the instrument derives from the name of its creator. It was designed by Heinrich Band, who at the age of 29 years, in December 1850, placed the first copies of this instrument for sale in his shop in Krefeld, Germany.

Originally it was used to play religious music in churches. When the instrument arrived in the port city of Buenos Aires in Argentina, after some time along with guitars, violins and flutes contributed to the emergence of a new musical genre - tango milonga. The prominent bandoneon virtuoso was an Argentine tango composer and musician Astor Piazzolla.

projekt - warsztaty


Is it possible to create MUSEUM OF SOUND?

In our project, the old folk instruments with unusual names such as: gadulka, sarangi, Bilgoray Suka, Plock fiddle and others will come to life in the hands of professional musicians. Fusing the sounds will help to create SOUND BANK. Thanks to modern, motion-sensitive controllers will be possible to create original arrangements.

Under the project we will conduct workshops where participants will compose and play a variety of tunes - we will create  together THE ORCHESTRA OF INVISIBLE INSTRUMENTS. The lasting effect of the project will be also a website that will enable to compose and play music by using PC keyboard.

During the workshop participants will get acquainted with folk instruments and know the rules of composing contemporary music. They will learn what is silence in music, the importance of the roles in the Orchestra and what does a Conductor actually do. They will find answers to the questions: whether noise can be melodic? whether silence only serves as a break during broadcast of music?
We will look for connections between the old, folk instruments and the advantages of the latest technology - each workshop participant will be able to perform a piece of music by using motion sensitive controller.

The workshop will be held at the Janusz Korczak Children's Museum in the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw. The workshops conducted during week will be for organized groups and the workshops for individuals - on weekends.

The workshops are free.