M.M. University of Wisconsin, B.M. Indiana University School
Maxfield Wollam-Fisher is a professional cellist, avid social dancer, dedicated teacher, and innovative producer who has played tango and danced all hours of the night at milongas and concert venues around the country. He has performed tango music with Julian Peralta, Pablo Aslan, Victor Lavallén, Horacio Cabarcos, Hector del Curto, Pablo Ziegler, Pedro Giraudo and Cuarteto Tanguero. Maxfield’s work in tango celebrates the diversity of expression that can be found across the disciplines of tango while challenging its artists to find deeper connections at the highest levels of the craft.
Maxfield’s artistic background includes performance degrees from Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin. He has studied cello with Sharon Robinson, Uri Vardi, and Peter Howard, and chamber music with Jorja Fleezanis and members of the Cleveland, Emerson, and Cavani quartets. Maxfield has also studied motion and body awareness through the Feldenkrais Method and contemporary choreography and dance with Sally Gross. As a teacher, Maxfield’s cello and chamber music students have gone to attend major music schools and play in local bands.
Maxfield began playing and dancing Argentine tango at the same time and his experiences and approach to the music and motion of the art form have always been intertwined. Maxfield’s arrangements and performances come with a dancer’s perspective and are well received both in milongas and concert halls. His interest in the connection between sound and physicality led to the creation of the Mad City Live Tango Festival in 2014 in collaboration with Homer and Cristina Ladas and Cuarteto Tanguero which uniquely features live music in every dance workshop.
Maxfield is eager to return to Bloomington, Indiana where Cuarteto Tanguero’s violinist Daniel Stein recruited him into his first tango orchestra and sent him to his first dance lesson. As managing director of the Tanguero Workshop, Maxfield continues his work with Cuarteto Tanguero to promote collaboration between artists across the disciplines of tango in order to raise the collective knowledge, access, and level of tango music and deepen our connections with each other and the global community.