The band Caliche started performing in 1986 and became one of the leading groups promoting the music and culture of South America in Britain for more than 25 years.

The group played at major festivals such as Womad, the Three Choirs, Cheltenham, Billingham and Window on the World. They also performed at art centres and theatres throughout the country and recorded for both television and radio, especially in the field of education.
Caliche produced six albums. The CD 'Music of the Andes' was well reviewed by Folk Roots and CD Review magazines. The CD 'Misa Criolla' was the result of a series of performances of this work with the University of Warwick Chamber Choir. Caliche were regular guests at choral concerts and also performed Ariel Ramirez”s Misa Criolla with the Exeter Festival Choir, the Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir, The Heritage Singers (Eastbourne) and the Jersey Ladies Choir and The Island Singers.

Caliche in 1987. Jaime Sayes, Raul Ulloa, Alvaro Graña, Fredy Aburto and Carlos Muñoz Villalobos (front)

At the end of 1996 the group was featured in a major compilation album released in the USA, called 'Andean Legacy', in which Narada Records sought to highlight the best of Andean music in the last 20 years. Amongst others, the album contained music by groups such as Inti-Illimani, Rumillajta and Savia Andina. Caliche also released the CD single 'Rainforest Dreams', based on the musical imagery of the Amazon.
In 1997 Caliche was involved in a series of highly successful concerts collaborating with Vanessa Redgrave, staging the production 'The Planet without a Visa'. A number of performances in Sicily and Naples prompted excellent reviews in the Italian press. The show was performed in the UK at the Arundel Festival in September 99. The group had the privilege to be part of 'The Return Festival' in Kovoso, the first ever large scale music festival organised in Pristina involving a number of international artists after the conflict in the area. Caliche shared the stage with Patricia Kaas (France), Lulu, Vanessa Redgrave, Lebo M (South Africa, of 'The Lion King' fame).
For over 20 years Caliche's music was heard in English country villages, through a long association with the Warwick based promoters 'Live and Local'.
Caliche were regularly involved in major education projects including Symphony Hall's World Music Day and for many years involved in the Science of Sound project.

After 26 years of artistic life, the last engagement by the group was at the 2011 Billingham International Festival.

Thanks to all who followed and supported our work throughout the years!

Caliche in Billingham - The last performance - August 2011

Fredy Aburto, Armando Murillo, Jhonny Teran and Carlos Muñoz Villalobos

Jhonny Teran and Armando Murillo

Photographs - Christopher Luke 2011