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).
David Hodges has played bandoneón on the New York tango scene since moving to the city in 2001. A performer, arranger, and composer, he has taken the stage with many groups including Los Chantas Tango Quartet, Héctor Del Curto’s Eternal Tango Orchestra, the Astoria Tango Orchestra (dir. Daniel Binelli), Abbadón, Dock Sud, Tangata, Los Changos Septet, Los Acustilocos, and many others. He has performed in clubs, ballrooms, festivals, theaters, and an assortment of unclassifiable joints over the years. Notable venues include Lincoln Center’s “Midsummernight’s Swing,” NYU’s Skirball Theater, Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, Joe’s Pub, The Jazz Standard, BB King’s, and The Jazz Gallery. He has appeared as a guest soloist with the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Philharmonic, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and the “Guitars Under the Stars” Festival Orchestra of Hartford, CT. He can be heard on many recordings including the soundtrack to the film “American Carny” and the tango-electronica track “Ta Tuado” (“Beginner’s Guide to Tango Lounge,” Nascente, 2007). 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.”