Tango Collusion Trio play tango. Dance music from the golden age of mid-century tango. Rich, evocative, multi-layered and expressive, their music follows the great composers of the genre and creates a powerful sound for dancing. They play classic, well known tangos and create and and adapt their own arrangements. Tango Collusion Trio are based in Melbourne, Australia.
Andrew James – piano
Andrew graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Music and Monash University with a Machelor of Music with First Class Honours, researching the work of tango pianist and composer Julián Peralta., and in jazz performance and composition. He studied tango with Hernán Possetti in Buenos Aires and Cuban music in Havana with Felix Varona and Jesus Rubalcaba. In 2016 Andrew was awarded an Artist Development Grant from the Australian Council for the Arts to study at the workshop Tango for Musicians with Ramiro Gallo, Hernán Possetti and Ignacio Varchausky. He has since returned in 2017 and 2018 to study specialist arranging and perform in Portland and Seattle with quartet Lunes Noche. As a tango musician Andrew has performed at the Perth Fringe Festival, Alice Springs Desert Arts Festival, Melbourne Spiegeltent, jazz clubs in Melbourne and numerous arts festivals across Australia. He has become an in demand pianist and plays with the award-winning band Quarter Street and freelances with groups Los Cabrones, Yudi’s Jewish Orchestra, The Melbourne Tango Orchestra, Calle Luna, the Ken Schroder Big Band, La Busca and as a freelance piano accompanist.
Paloma Bica – violin
Paloma Bica is a violinist specialising in tango music. She spent her early years studying classical music at the Conservatory of Montevideo, and later graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. Paloma lived in Buenos Aires where she was a graduate of the 10th enrolment of the Orquesta Escuela Tango Emilio Balcarce, Buenos Aires’ professional school for tango musicians. For six years Paloma performed and recorded in the rich Buenos Aires tango scene, with many of the city’s well known groups such as El Arranque, Orquesta Sans Souci, Orquesta Elvino Vardaro and quintet China Cruel. Paloma works in Melbourne,as a musician and violin teacher
Stephen Cuttriss – bandoneón
Stephen Cuttriss is a multi-instrumentalist and early-career ethnomusicologist specialising in Argentinian tango music. Stephen has completed his Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in classical piano at the Queensland Conservatorium, and is currently finishing his Phd in Anthropology at La Trobe University. During his Doctoral fieldwork in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he studied the quintessential tango instrument, the bandoneon. Stephen is the co-founder and director of the Mendoza Tango Quartet and performed and studied in the 2018 edition of the workshop Tango for musicians in Portland, Oregon.