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Parissa Bouas Carl Cleves  

Carl 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 sound.

Together 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…

In 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.

Carl 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.


Parissa 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.


New Album Out Now:

'Out of Australia' by Carl Cleves and Parissa Bouas

Here’s 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.”

FOLKWORLD 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

Saturday 21 August 2010 · Number 194

“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.”

“Parissa 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 be disappointed”
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



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