Alturas are a Sydney-based quintet specialising in the performance of contemporary tango with distinct jazz influences.


Inspired by the music of Argentina, Alturas performs Nuevo Tango and Latin/Jazz infused music, a unique blend of passionate rhythms and dark melodies, interspersed with cool and dazzling jazz-inspired solos.

Alturas’ latest CD sin palabras has received airplay on popular jazz shows “A Jazz Hour” and “Jazztrack” and was the feature CD on 4th May on ABC Radio National’s Daily Planet.

Founded by Gaye Thomas (flute) and Jane Andino (piano), Alturashave been performing as a group since 2009, and in recent years has expanded to become a quintet. The group is based in the Blue Mountains, outside Sydney, where the musicians were drawn together by their mutual love of tango.

Performing and recording regularly, they have toured throughout Eastern Australia and performed at art galleries, for Tango events , in jazz clubs and concert halls. They have held a long-standing relationship with the Argentinean Embassy and have performed on several occasions at their request, including  National Argentine Day celebrations.

 As a dynamic 5-piece group Alturas is constantly evolving and expanding into new and fresh stylistic fusions of Latin, Jazz, Brazilian music and beyond. Theirs is a unique blend of rich sounds of soulful intensity and irresistible rhythms , delivered with passion and at times dazzling virtuosity. 


Performing are:

Gaye Thomas - flutes/bandoneon

Inge Courtney-Haentjes – violin/viola

Greg Gibson - saxophones/clarinets

Stan Valacos - double bass/guitar

Jane Andino - piano. 


An absolute pleasure to play Alturas.  Congratulations on a beautiful sounding album.”  Robbie Buck, The Inside Sleeve, Radio National

I get a lot of CDs and my ears perked up when I heard yours.”  Lucky Oceans, The Daily Planet, Radio National.

The musicianship and the recording displayed on this debut album are both excellent!” ArtSound FM 90.3

Wow!!! Simply sublime. It was beautiful. Thank you for an amazing performance. I look forward to another performance.” Audience member

A kaleidoscope of colour from dark to bright, dreamy, languid, brilliant…” Audience member



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The following is a track from our new CD, ALTURAS sin palabras









PHOTOGRAPHY: Vlaudin Vega, Amanda Tse & Carole Hampshire(CD)

Upcoming Performances

Aug 22
Nolan on Lovel Gallery
Katoomba, NSW
Nov 13
The Paragon Café
Katoomba, NSW

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