Biography

Biography

“Parissa has a voice that would aggravate angels with it’s beauty” Philip Adams ABC RN

 

 

“Parissa … immediately engages by being blessed with a voice that has timbral overlaps with Billie Holiday’s. More significantly she shines the charm of that voice on some exceptional self-penned songs” 

JOHN SHAND, SMH 2.5.14

 

“As always, Parissa proves she is a singer with few equals in this country” 

Richard Jasituowicz, DIASPORA World Beat Magazine

 

“Bouas’s vocals,… are sweet, rich and soaring ”

Bruce Elder SMH

 

Multi award winning, internationally renowned Greek Australian chanteuse, PARISSA BOUAS released her long-awaited debut solo EP ‘The Full Force of the Wind’ in 2013-14.    ‘The Full Force of the Wind’ is a beautiful blend of Billie Holiday meets Tom Waits in a Parisian nightclub, where Gypsies play songs of love and loss, with an occasional distinctly South American twist.  It's available on CD Baby and iTunes.

 

Bouas has won a legion of fans and respect for her performances around the world with Australia’s definitive coffee house couple, The Hottentots.  After six internationally acclaimed albums, a swag of accolades and years of performing, writing and recording in folk /world music styles, PARISSA is now detouring down the Vintage jazz , Latin and alt Pop path. 

 

With a successful Pozible crowd funding campaign in 2012, PARISSA released her first digital single, ‘Sad Eyes’, a sultry,gypsy jazz tune, which reached the ISC semi finals and won the coveted SONG OF THE YEAR and BEST JAZZ SONG categories at the 2012 Dolphin Music Awards. In 2013 she won BEST JAZZ and BEST WORLD MUSIC for 2 other songs from the album: ‘The Full Force of the Wind’ and ‘Honey and Candlelight’.

 

 “The Full Force of the Wind”, is Bouas’s first collaboration with Dutch multi instrumentalist, instrument builder and producer Michiel Hollanders.  Her musical support team includes Dutch virtuoso bandoneonist Marc Constandse whose musical presence is nuanced, passionate and rhythmic. Australia’s pre-eminent Brazilian specialist, Doug De Vries, who seduces with his 10-string guitar, rebolo and cavaquinho on the Latin influenced, title track ‘The Full Force of the Wind’ and on ‘Honey and Candlelight’.  But it is Michiel Hollanders and Parissa’s combined magic that combines to create this unique sounding album.

 

Recorded at Muse Agency and Pughouse Studios in Australia and Smoked Studios in Holland and mastered at LOUD! in Amsterdam, the exotic timbres of velofoon, saw, fietsband bass, claude viol and bandoneon mesh perfectly with Parissa’s sublime, moody melody.

 

Parissa's eclectic vocal styling’s lean towards the jazzy sounds of Melody Gardot and Madeleine Peyroux and are supported by rich and quirky arrangements, which draw on elements of vintage jazz, Latin, pop and Manouche.

 

A free-spirited artist who is both playful and profound, PARISSA’s performances are mesmerizing.  She wraps her audience in a veil of utter captivation alternating “between a tone that would cut glass and breathy seduction”.  PARISSA’S songs offer deeply compelling evocations of love, loss and heartache, while her voice offers a deep level of emotional authority and technical fluency.

 

PARISSA will be launched her new CD with performances across the country in December 2013, supported on stage by the freewheeling, gypsy swing jazz sounds of ‘Feel the Manouche’ ensemble, featuring the legendary George Washingmachine on violin, ukulele and voice.

 

PARISSA’S journey has been an unconventional one.  During school years she entertained herself by dancing, singing and acting professionally from 13 years of age.  After leaving school she joined choirs, originals indie pop band ‘ The Marcos Family’, sang in Sydney Salsa bands and travelled to Nicaragua to pick coffee for the Sandinistas, after which she joined Andean folk group, Raices de Peru, and became passionate about Latin American music.  Upon return to Sydney, she studied external courses at the Sydney Conservatorium and became an award-winning student of the Contemporary Music degree at Southern Cross University.

 

The Hottentots were born at this time, with long time writing partner, Carl Cleves, playing a danceable mix of World influenced originals and up tempo Mbakanga, Zouk, Salsa, Calypso, and Forro.  Over the years, and six award winning albums, influences became more folky and the subject matter deeper.  Their many awards, include:  MUSICOZ, ASA and Dolphin Music Awards for Best Folk Song, Best World, Best Acoustic and Best Album, twice.  Their most recent CD’s: ‘Out of Australia’ (2011) and, ‘Halos ‘round the Moon’ (2014), are produced by the famous ‘tone meister’ Gunter Pauler and released on renowned German audiophile label, Stockfisch Records.

 

PARISSA has performed at many major venues and festivals in Europe, Brazil and Australia including: Petruskirche (Berlin), Musicstar (Hamburg), Cultureel Centrum (Mechelen), TV Minas (Brazil), Fairbridge Festival (WA), Camelot Lounge (Sydney), The Basement (Sydney), Woodford Folk Festival (Qld) Brunswick Music Festival (VIC), National Folk Festival (ACT), Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC)… She has played bills with Rory McLeod, Loudon Wainwright III, Kristina Olsen, Harry Manx, Kavisha Mazzella, Eric Bogle, John Butler, TinPan Orange, Bomba,  JigZag…

 

PARISSA is also known for her inspiring work with choirs at festivals and music camps across Australia.  In 2012, she was commissioned to conduct the Fairbridge Festival 20th Anniversary Finale Event Choir and worked with WA stand up poet, Kate Wilson to co write the Fairbridge Festival Song.  In 2009 she led the National Folk Festival Choir.  In 2000 Carl & Parissa, co -wrote the anthemic ‘Put Your Hand in Mine’ for the Woodford Festival Millenium Fire Event Choir of 700 voices, which she also conducted. It was transmitted by satellite to over 60 countries as part of the ABC TV Millenium program. 

 

In 2010 she co-wrote the bilingual Greek pop tune , ‘I Belong’, with Sydney film composer Nicolette Boaz, for the popular ‘Hypnopeadia’  WorldBeats CD, which was featured on Triple J.   Parissa’s voice features on afro beats artist, Yeshe’s 2 award winning CD’s and her haunting voice can also be heard on Peter Westheimer’s new ‘Tranzworld Express’ CD.  

 

 

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