Bandonegro is a world-class tango orchestra. Its musicians started their career at an exceptionally young age – when they were only 15. They are considered one of the best tango bands of the young generation and a rising star of the genre.
The band consists of four people: Michał Główka, who plays bandoneon and accordion, violinist Jakub Czechowicz, pianist Marek Dolecki, and double-bassist Marcin Antkowiak. Bandonegro had its debut at the prestigious Italian competition Pif Castelfidardo, winning an award in the Nuevo Tango category. After a year they released the album Tango Nuevo by Astor Piazzolla. Andrzej Chylewski praised the album, stating:
What musicality at such a young age!
In 2016 the band debuted on the Polish music scene, mixing tango with jazz and rock elements. This has resulted in quite a few unexpected partnerships. Bandonegro has collaborated with Edyta Górniak, Mieczysław Szcześniak, Andrzej Pieseczny, Maryla Rodowicz, and Anna Głogowska. In May 2016 Bandonegro played 16 concerts throughout Poland on their Atmasfera tour.
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In May 2016 Bandonegro played 16 concerts throughout Poland on their Atmasfera tour. In December 2017 they released their second album, Tanchestron, and embarked on a European concert tour. The album consists of new versions of existing songs from the so-called golden age of tango and shows the band’s technical virtuosity. German magazine Tangodanza wrote about Bandonegro:
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This year Bandonegro have become one of the most popular tango bands at dance parties and festivals throughout Europe!
In January and February in 2019, the band played in Buenos Aires. The musicians gave concerts in cult clubs as well as at the Argentinian Tango Salon festival.
Tango legends and Argentinians who were present in Salon Canning or Bilongon were very enthusiastic about the band. Tango icon Nito Garcia, a star of the tango stage since the 50s, said of them:
An unprecedented energy and an unusual sound. The four of them sound like symphonic orchestra of ten.
Bandonegro has performed at international tango festivals in Poland and abroad in Germany, Italy, France, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. They have also collaborated with international tango stars, such as Nelson Pino, Roberto Siri, Nito and Elba Garcia, Clarisa Aragone and Jonathan Saavedra, Los Totis, Juan Martin Carrara and Stefania Collina, Maria Ines Bogado, and Roberto Zuccarino.
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- 2012 - Tango Nuevo by Astor Piazzolla
- 2017 - Tanchestron
Originally compiled in Polish by OT & MM, translated to English by OT