Cleves and Parissa Bouas are a duo, whose wonderfully textured
quilt of beautiful and meaningful songs creates an intimate and
moving concert experience. Parissa’s dulcet toned voice
and percussion skills are legendary and Carl’s warm rustic
baritone provides the perfect accompaniment for his unique guitar
style, honed over many years of intrepid travelling across the
globe. Classic folk melodies combine with strong lyrics and an
international flavour to provide a well-focused, fresh and definitive
they have recorded 5 CD’s, headlined at all major Australian
folk festivals and toured internationally to Europe, Latin America
and Madagascar. They have won many Australian music awards including
MUSICOZ - BEST FOLK SONG, ASA- BEST LYRICS, NCIEA - BEST ALBUM,
ASA- BEST COFFEEHOUSE and many more…
2011 Carl and Parissa return to Australia to promote their latest
CD, "Out of Australia", produced by Gunter Pauler, in
surround sound for the German audiophile label Stockfisch Records.
September will see them return to Europe for their 8th tour and
to record a second album for Stockfisch.
Cleves, originally from Belgium is an excellent guitarist, ace
songwriter, singer and storyteller. Carl’s adventures have
included stints as an antelope trapper in Uganda, relief worker
in cyclone struck India, recording star in Brazil, radio broadcaster
and ethnomusicologist in Africa and fisherman in the South Pacific.
Carl’s first book, ‘Tarab: Travels with My Guitar”
is published July 2008 by Transit Lounge. His recent solo CD’s
are: All Alone 2007; Tarab 2008. A new CD is in the pipeline.
is an extraordinary singer/songwriter who finds an emotional context
for every genre. In Brazil they named her ‘Patativa’,
after a bird renowned for its singing. Daughter of a Greek sailor,
she inherited his love of Latin music and honed her formidable
percussion skills whilst touring throughout Latin America with
an Andean Folkloric group. Parissa has written some classic, catchy
songs that people sing around Australia. In 2000 she co- wrote
the anthemic “Put Your Hand in Mine” for the Woodford
Millenium Fire Event Choir of 700 voices, which she also conducted.
The performance before a crowd of 20,000 was beamed across Australia
and to 1.6 billion people in 61 countries.
Album Out Now:
of Australia' by Carl Cleves and Parissa Bouas
what others have said:
“With this album "Out Of Australia" Carl Cleves
and Parissa Bouas prove yet again what strong songwriters and
singers they both are…For lovers of an intimate experience,
musical story, this album is an absolute must.”
CD REVIEW Carl Cleves & Parissa Bouas "Out of Australia"
“This is a very nice folk record that has a classic UK style
sound, yet is about as international as you can find. The excellent
German label has released this record from an Australia-based
duo comprised of a Belgian guitarist who has travelled the world
with a female singer who was born of a Greek sailor and has toured
through Latin America. Not only do they cull all these influences
together, they are able to focus this into their sound, rather
than issue out a haphazard cultural stew. “Way Down in the
Mines” could be snuck onto a compilation with Raven &
Mills, Pererin, and the Watersons. The lyrics are strong and the
music is constantly involving, with some intriguing bass playing
and sounds. This is a gem and moves to the top of my listening
pile. If you enjoy classic folk duos and like the psychedelic
influences on folk from the seventies, then you are certain to
enjoy this.” David Hintz
21 August 2010 · Number 194
ZEITUNGSVERLAG AACHEN GmbH
“On this album, this Australia-based duo offers wonderful
light Folk/ acoustic music, with bright, warm vocals. There is
a wide range of topics, dealing with Palestine to mine workers
in South Africa. The moods range from deep inner joy to grief”…
“Anyone with an interest in good acoustic music with an
international flavour won’t be disappointed. I’d also
strongly recommend their energetic and passionate live performances
for any budding performer.”....
“Australia’s definitive coffeehouse couple weave stories
with songs, touching a deep vein of humanity that leaves audiences
moved, uplifted and crying out for more.”
has a voice that would aggravate angels with its beauty.”
.... ABC RN Philip Adams
“This album touches so many different musical styles that
it seriously undersells the music to simply label it as ‘folk’.
Essentially, this is acoustic music –exceptionally well
written music and lyrics, beautifully arranged and superbly performed
by Carl Cleves and Parissa Bouas…Anyone with an interest
in good acoustic music with an international flavour won’t
Debra Manskey, Australian Songwriter Magazine.
NB: Carl and Parissa are known as THE HOTTENTOTS in Australia
and under their own names in Europe.
“If you’ve seen Carl & Parissa live you will have
a good idea what to expect: warmth generosity, humour and fantastic
musicianship. “ Folk Alliance Australia