WOODY ACCOUCHE PROJECT

Reggae Folk Rock

The story of Woody Accouche Project



You travel long enough,
find something to sing about.
So the story began with adventure.

And the benchmarks are simplified.
Its just music, they say,
yet, never satisfied.

You`l dance to it, if not today.
Jive Tribes are here to stay.
Lets get together and find a way.

An underground concert. Picture by Pankaj Mullick
Chronological Collaborator  List
Instrument
 Calvin Wumbaya
Vocals, Guitars, Harmonicas, Songwriter, Producer
Nitin Virat
Djembe
Craig Dominic Pinto
Bass
 Parthan Visvanathan
Lead Guitars
 Rijo Thomas
Bongo/Darbuka
 Jayant Parashar
Darbuka
 Sara Nishika Doyle
Flute
 Nolan McFadden
Guitars
 Anant Dayal
Ukulele
 Adhiraj Mustafi
Drums
 Sonic shori
Bass
 Kartikeya Vashisht
Flute
 Nikhil David
Guitars
 Vasu Singal
Drums

 Soumyajit Dutta

Bass

 Rahul Sengupta
Drums
 Leo John
Lead Guitars
 Siddharth Iyer
Logo Design
 Ashish Ddavidd
Backing Vocals
Co - Producer
 Maanasi Josephina Baa
Backing Vocals
Digital Art  
 Dikshita Sur Ddavidd
Backing Vocals
Song Artwork   
 Akshat Pradhan
Bass
 Suhas Angiras
Lead Guitars
 Ismail Altunbas
Darbuka
 Tejaswi Lohumi
Lead Guitars
Djembe
FOUNDATION

Woody Accouche Project was formed in Delhi, India in the year 2013 by Singer/ songwriter Calvin Chiramel who began going by the stage name Calvin Wumbaya in late 2013. 

WOODY ACCOUCHE PROJECT AS A DUO

Woody Accouche Project was formed in Febuary 2013, as a duo with Nitin Virat on percussion (djembey) and Calvin Wumbaya on guitars and vocals. The setup performed and explored influences such as folk, grunge, reggae, classic rock, etc. 

Calvin Wumbaya  opted for the name "Woody" considering the band`s early inclination to use wooden instruments as well as in reference to Woody Guthrie who was a folk musician who inspired the work of Bob Dylan. "Accouche" is claimed to be a mix of the words `Acoustics` and `Che` (Guevara) so as to mean an acoustic revolution of sorts.

JIVE TRIBE

The duo began jamming in parks and at home exploring covers of western retro and contemporary songs as well as some Hindi songs that Calvin Wumbaya had been covering over the past few years. The band later expanded to involve Craig Dominic Pinto on Bass and Parthan Visvanathan on Guitars.

They began working on some originals as well as covers of reggae songs mostly, intending to call itself JIVE TRIBE but failed to find its feet. Craig soon left for Shillong to study Masters in Fashion Management and compelled Calvin to once again explore an acoustic and unplugged setup that could do gigs at outdoor venues without the need for amps and PA systems. 

Jive Tribe would soon be referred to as the name of the upcoming album in press releases and promotions.

THE HOLI GUNS MUSIC FESTIVAL LINE UP

His meandering explorations through the city`s circuit of artists led Calvin Wumbaya to the formation of a six piece band that jammed at ONE WORLD COLLEGE OF MUSIC in Gurgaon where he had been giving ensemble lessons and also studied vocal lessons at  MUSICTEK, a music school  in the vicinity.

The band performed at Holi Guns Music Festival in March 2014 comprising of Calvin on guitars and vocals, Nitin Virat on djembe, Parthan Visvanathan on guitars, Adhiraj Mustafi on drums, Sonic Shori on bass and Anant Dayal on the ukulele.

The setup performed at a few local venues in Delhi in the coming months but failed to find unity and momentum among its members due to their other professional commitments and responsibilities. 

Failing to cater to the logistics of getting such a large band to find common ground to jam and work on the tracks to be recorded as an E.P., and owing to limited budget of venues offering gigs to the band, the setup was no longer sustainable.

REGGAE & FUSION TRIO

Meanwhile, Calvin Wumbaya continued performing as a solo artist and began managing the band himself and limited it to a Trio with Nitin Virat on djembe and the young maestro Kartikeya Vashist on Flute.

The band began playing the songs as impromptu jams which sounded different at every gig and fed on the energy of the venue and audience.

Armed with an unusual acoustic setup and the versatility to play in varied environments, the year 2014-2015 had been busy for Woody Accouche Project. The band performed at the most number of venues in and around Delhi.

REGGAE & FOLK TRIO 

With associate musicians working on various other portfolios and commitments, the band expanded its collaboration to include Rijo Thomas on Darbuka/Percussion and Nikhil David on Guitars. The Reggae and Folk Trio performed at a number of shows together including one at Dilli Haat of which recordings are available on Soundcloud.

REGGAE, FOLK AND ROCK 

The performing band currently features Calvin Wumbaya on Guitars, Vocals and Harmonicas, Nitin Virat on Cajon, Bongo, Foot Cabassa and Djembe, Kartikeya Vashist on Flute and Melodicas, Akshat Pradhan on Bass and Suhas Angiras on Lead Guitars.