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5.30-7.30 Andrew James and Paloma Bica

  • December 15, 2017
  • Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Andrew James and Paloma Bica are two of Australia’s most experienced tango musicians. They play tango music across the history of tango, from the 1920s to modern music written after 2001. Collectively the have performed and recorded Australia, Buenos Aires and the USA.

Both realising from an early age the genre possessed richness of expression and an ecology of bio-rhythm, they individually pursued careers and study as tango musicians in Australia and Buenos Aires, before colliding in the Summer of 2016 at a salsa club in the bohemian suburbs of their home town Melbourne. A duo project was born.

Their music pays homage to 1920s Julio de Caro, with their own arrangements of his compositions. De Caro’s classic tangos are the basis of modern tango. Andrew and Paloma maintain a link with today’s generation of tango musicians, playing compositions by violinist Ramiro Gallo, and pianists Veronica Bellini (China Cruel) and Julian Peralta (Astillero). Their repertoire is wide, and they take aim at each end of tango music spectrum, pursuing a search for the dark elemental spirit at the core of tango.


Andrew graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts and studied piano in Buenos Aires with Hernan Possetti and in Cuba with Felix Varona and Jesus Rubalcaba. He plays with award winning salsa band Quarter Street, and has performed and studied in Portland, Oregon with Ramiro Gallo, Diego Schissi and Hernan Possetti under funding from the Australia Council of the Arts.Andrew is undertaking honours research at Monash University in tango music written after 2001 and the work of pianist Julian Peralta.

Paloma has played in Buenos Aires with tango lumiaries China Cruel, Orquesta Sans Souci, El Arranque and La Orquesta Elvino Vardaro. Having returned to Melbourne, Paloma continues to work as a musician, yoga teacher and freelance educator. She lived in Buenos Aires for 6 years, where she was a member of the 10th enrolment of the Orquesta Escuela Tango Emilio Balcarce, Buenos Aires’ professional school for tango musicians.