Characteristic for Argentinian tango music is the sound of the bandoneon. Thanks to its melancholy, muffled, yet also striking and clear sound, this extended accordion symbolises the emigration of Europeans from countries such as Germany, Italy and Spain to the South-American continent. Apart from the German origin of this instrument, there are many other European influences to be found in tango music: varying from the canzioneta napolitana and tango andaluz, to both folk and classical music from France and Germany. Thus there has always been a close tie between the European continent and the Argentinian tango. Therefore, the fact that a bandoneon-player from the Netherlands is now known as one of the most important international ambassadors of this Argentinian music is less strange than it might seem at first. Carel Kraayenhof (born on August 15, 1958) is highly fascinated by the idiom of the tango, which is at odds with his own culture and the flat country of his birth. His aim is to demonstrate the contrasts in tempo and dynamics, the capriciousness and poignancy of this music.