Caliente Guitar Trio
Adelaide based Caliente Guitar Trio comprises guitarists Mike Bevan, Al Valodze and Dylan Woolcock. They are known for their intricate arrangements of Brazilian guitar music and choro (a precursor to samba), as well as textured improvisations and original tunes performed on six and seven-string guitars, mandolin and cavaquinho (a Brazilian steel-string member of the ukelele family).
Caliente was formed in 2000 through the shared passion of Valodze and Bevan for Latin American music, and the Brazilian repertoire in particular. Their debut CD “Bebe” was released in 2004, consolidating a growing reputation for distinguished acoustic performances. The more recent addition of Woolcock, on guitar and mandolin, has enabled a wider exploration of musical styles and sounds, creating a brilliant “Ménage a Guitare”, the title of their latest CD.
Imbued with a sublime and seductive mixture of joy, melancholy and passion, the trio’s current repertoire combines lyrical melodies with fiery solos, and intricate lines with rhythmic subtlety, to create a distinctive and captivating sound that is both modern and nostalgic at the same time.
The trio has delighted capacity crowds at the “Adelaide International Guitar Festival”, in the “Famous Spiegeltent” at Adelaide Fringe Festivals, as opening act for Israeli singer Yasmin Levy and at the “2010 Bellingen Global Carnival”. “Ménage a Guitarre” features original and traditional pieces that display the virtuosity of all three musicians, as the Brazilian thread is interwoven with gypsy, tango, classical, Cuban and contemporary styles.
2010 saw the trio perform at the “Adelaide International Guitar Festival” along side Yamandu Costa and Doug de Vries, and the release of their second CD “Ménage a Guitarre”. 2011 places the trio on the “WOMAD” circuit.
“A satisfying salsa of artistry and authenticity.”
John McBeath, Adelaide Advertiser
"There was no better way to relieve the tensions of getting to an inner city show at the end of the working week than with the sublime Caliente Guitar Trio at the Nexus centre last Friday. There were no dissonant notes or aggravating beats to distract one being taken away immediately by their virtuosity as Mike Bevan, Al Valodze and Dylan Woolcock embarked on their journey of world guitar music (and occasional mandolin) for us, a journey far greater than the billed Brazilian and Spanish pieces. From Turkey to Africa and including many of their own works, Caliente delighted."
Kryztoff Raw, Reviewing Adelaide
"Strumming, plucking and shredding the Caliente Guitar Trio amazed everyone today with their mastery of the guitar."
Radio Adelaide website
"Wonderful performers: great fun! I was hoping they could have played all day."