Andrew James is an Australian pianist with a wealth of experience across a wide variety of music genres. He is an in demand pianist and works consistently in Latin music and Jazz.
Andrew tours and records with award winning salsa group Quarter Street, a band bridging the divide between spanish-lanuage music and popular music in Australia. Their 2015 self-titled album on HopeStreet recordings received glowing reviews from Brooklyn to Berlin to Venezuela, nominating Quarter Street as a leading voice of salsa music for the new millennium. Quarter Street recently performed at WOMADelaide 2016 and White Night Melbourne 2016.
Andrew is the founder of Colectivo29, a modern tango quintet playing post-2001 urban music from Buenos Aires, and commissioning and re-imagining tango compositions from Australian composers. His group performs currently performs original music by pianists Joe Chindamo and Jex Saarrelaht. In 2012, Andrew founded Tango Collusion Trio, a tango trio commisioning arrangments from Rosario (Argentina) based composer Mariano Mattar. Tango Collusion Trio includes Argentine bandoneonist Leo Intilangelo and Australian double bassist Tamara Murphy.
Andrew has shared the stage with many luminaries of latin music, classical music and jazz: members of Sierra Maestra (Cuba) and Sonora Caruselles (Colombia), Tamara Murphy, Julien Wilson, Christian Wojtowicz, Jordan Murray, Matt Clohesy, Stephen Grant, Tania Bosak, Wilbur Wilde and many others.
Andrew is a sought after vocal accompanist and enjoys a busy teaching schedule in music departments in prominent independent schools across Melbourne, and at his home studio in Brunswick.
Andrew has travelled widely and has studied music for extended periods in Cuba, Argentina and Canada.
Andrew has a passion for design and Landscape Architecture and is planning to undertake academic research in 2018 at the University of Melbourne in post-2001 Urban Music of Buenos Aires and Landscape Architecture.