Andrew James

Pianist, Composer, Arranger based in Melbourne, Australia

© 2018 Andrew James

Andrew James (piano) and Paloma Bica (violin) are two of Australia's most experienced tango musicians. Their music is rich, expressive and individual, and they explore an expansive landscapes of texture and lyricism within the tango genre.

Landing firmly within the genreā€™s tradition, their music pulls at its edges - New interpretations of the music of Julio De Caro from his sextet recordings from the 1920s, music at the core of the tango songbook, and the basis of modern tango. Intervening at the other end of the genre, they interpret music written after 2001, maintaining a direct link with living composers - Ramiro Gallo, Veronica Bellini (China Cruel) and Julian Peralta (Astillero). Their new vision of tango pursues a search for the dark elemental spirit at the core of the genre.

Andrew studied with Hernan Possetti in Buenos Aires and the USA, and with Ramiro Gallo and Diego Schissi at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He has performed thoughout Australia with his projects Tango Collusion Trio and Quintet Colectivo29. He has participated and performed in 'Tango for Musicians' in Portland, Oregon and in Seattle, Washington since 2016.

Paloma graduated from the Orquesta Escuela Tango Emilio Balcarce in Buenos Aires and spent six years playing in the city's rich tango music scene. She played and recorded with today's most prominent tango musicians in groups such as El Arranque, Orquesta Sans Souci, La Orquesta Elvino Vardaro and China Cruel.