Alturas will be tempting the audience to put on their dancing shoes.

Alturas will be tempting the audience to put on their dancing shoes. Photo: Amanda Tse

Alturas Teatro Vivaldi

Saturday, June 1, 7pm

Dinner, Show - $70/$80/$90 depending on seat location

Bookings 6257 2718

Inspired by the music of Argentina, the Australian group Alturas play both classics of that country's repertoire and new compositions.

At Teatro Vivaldi this weekend, the band will play a concert set followed by a second half of traditional tangos aimed at those who want to take to the dance floor.

Co-founders Gaye Thomas and Jane Andino had known each other within the Sydney music scene for more than 20 years when they discovered - in 2009 - that they had both moved to the Blue Mountains. ''[So] we decided to play music together,'' Thomas says.

Alturas began as a duet, with Thomas on flute and Andino on piano. Now there are six members, with Inge Courtney-Haentjes on violin, Greg Gibson on saxophone and clarinet, Colin Day on guitar and Adam Bodkin on double bass.

They have performed throughout eastern Australia and have performed twice for the National Argentine Day celebrations in Canberra, at the request of the Embassy of Argentina.

Of their first public performance in Canberra, Thomas says, ''The first half has contemporary concert pieces with jazz influences.''

They will play works by Argentinian composers Fernando Egozcue, Pablo Ziegler and Astor Piazzolla, as well as pieces by Andino and Gibson.

The second half will contain Argentinian waltzes and milongas (an up-tempo dance), as well as the tangos.

For Thomas, passion and complexity are among the attractions of the Argentinian repertoire she loves.

''It has elements of jazz, classical and Latin music,'' she says.

And, she adds, it draws people in - to play, to listen and to dance.