Tango Collusion are a trio, sometimes a quartet, of piano, violin, bandoneón and bass. Highly experienced tango musicians, they skirt around the edges of traditional tango music and adapt and play their own versions of modern tango repertoire.
Tango Collusion are Andrew James – piano, Paloma Bica – violin and Stephen Cuttriss – bandoneón.
Andrew James – piano
Andrew graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a bachelor of music and Monash University with a bachelor of music with first class honours, researching the work of tanog pianist and composer Julian Peralta. He studied tango with Hernan Possetti in Buenos Aires and Cuban music in Havana with Felix Varona and Jesus Rubalcaba. Andrew was awarded an artist development grant to study at the workshop ‘Tango for musicians’ in 2016 with Ramiro Gallo, Hernan Possetti and Ignacio Varchausky. He returned in 2017 and 2018 to study the specialist arranging track of the course 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 Victoria. Andrew 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.