If you came to Byron in the ’90s, you would have danced to and been uplifted by local legends, songbird extraordinaire, Parissa Bouas, and songwriter/ author Carl Cleves, formerly known as The Hottentots. Since then they have been touring the world, have recorded 12 albums between them, and won countless awards and widespread international acclaim.
They are finally returning for a post-covid home concert that will highlight their classic favourites and brand-new songs while Carl will also launch his third book, Soundtracks of My Life, which takes readers on an intimate global journey in his search for the elusive feeling of tarab, the Arabic notion of musical and poetic ecstasy.
Intimate, meaningful, political, playful, inspiring, poetic and powerful, Australia’s definitive coffeehouse couple weave stories with haunting songs, touching a deep vein of humanity combining exceptional lyrics with an international flavour that merges Parissa’s sweet, rich and soaring vocals with Carl’s rustic baritone and unique guitar style. Their genre-busting repertoire could be classified as folk, jazz, blues or world music, but in truth is a seductive blend of all. Be moved and transformed.
The concert will feature Elliot Orr on percussion, Dan Brown on keys and special guests.
Friday, 2 June, 7pm at Marvell Hall, Byron Bay.