Trio Caliente

Since 2003, Trio Caliente’s inimitable blend of Flamenco, Pop, and Brazilian Jazz has been enjoyed by political luminaries stateside and abroad; notable Fortune 500 companies; and venerated international organizations, festivals, and concert venues around the world.

Whether providing elegant accompaniment to a formal dinner or sultry, throbbing rhythms that keep the dance floor packed all night long, Washington, DC-based Trio C effortlessly creates the ideal atmosphere for any type of event. With vocals in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, and English set to a wide array of Latin grooves, Trio Caliente’s sound is reminiscent of The Gipsy Kings, Buena Vista Social Club, Strunz & Farah, and Jobim— but with a flavor all their own.

Trio C’s musicians have performed from coast to coast throughout the U.S. and in Spain, South America, Central America and the Middle East. From diplomatic tours with the U.S. Department of State to Inaugural balls, swearing-in ceremonies, and private events, Trio Caliente has collectively performed for such prominent figures as President Bill Clinton, Senators John Kerry and Bob Dole, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Condoleezza Rice, and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

Sharing the stage throughout the years with Jazz legends like Charlie Byrd, Keter Betts, and McCoy Tyner to Salsa superstars Jerry Rivera and Luis Enrique, members of Trio C have also performed and recorded with Grammy-nominated jazz flautist, Nestor Torres, Latin Grammy-winner, Raul Jaurena, Shahin and Sepehr (Virgin/Higher Octave), and David Hidalgo of “Los Lobos.”

Corporate clients include: Microsoft Latin America, Target, The National Press Club, Federal Reserve Bank, League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC), The World Bank, Hispanic American Organization (HAO), Hotel Monaco, Clark Construction, NALEO Education Fund, The W Hotels, Capital One Bank, and many more.

You’ve likely seen Trio C appearing locally at Blues Alley, The Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, The Harman Center, Strathmore, The Library of Congress, Mellon Auditorium,The D.A.R., and many other prestigious area venues.

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Deborah Benneris a veteran performer on the Washington/Baltimore music scene described by the Washington Post as “…a beguiling soprano voice.” A mezzo-soprano soloist, jazz recording artist, actress (Off-Broadway stage, feature film, national voice-overs and jingles) and vocal educator, Deborah has performed with the legendary guitarist, Charlie Byrd, and sang regularly with Ella Fitzgerald’s bassist, the late, great Keeter Betts. She’s shared the stage with jazz greats, McCoy Tyner, Terrence Blanchard, and Scott Ambush (of Spyro Gyra) at Blues Alley and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Performing regularly for political dignitaries and Heads of State, she sings with swing orchestras in Washington, D.C. comprised of members of the White House Marine Band Jazz Ensemble and sang at President Clinton’s Inaugural Ball at the Smithsonian Institution. Deborah received national airplay for her solo release, Flights of Passion, and her Kindred Spirits was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered”. In 1997, she won the Billboard Magazine Songwriter’s Competition for “Best Original Vocal” Composition.
Michael Bardis an active musician, composer and teacher who resides near Washington, D.C. He has performed as a soloist and with various musical ensembles throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, North Africa, South America, and the Middle East. He has also been featured on various radio and t.v. programs around the world. Michael has performed for many luminaries and dignitaries including former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, former Joint Chief of Staff and former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Mexican president Vicente Fox, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Teresa Heinz, Henry Kissinger and former Senator Bob Dole (R-KS), as well as various members of royalty throughout the Middle East. His first recorded solo effort, Illumination, features original compositions for guitar and solo piano, blending a soothing mix of Spanish, Latin and adult contemporary instrumental styles. His composition “Mediterranean Beauty” for two guitars is published by Lathkill Music Publishers, England.
Amilcar Cruz was raised in a musical, Honduran/Nicaraguan family and has been playing music all his life. At age seventeen, inspired by flamenco greats Sabicas and Paco de Lucia, Amilcar began studying flamenco music seriously and now makes his living performing and teaching guitar. He holds a degree in Latin American literature and centers his musical philosophy on combining the fluidity of acoustic rock with flamenco technique and an array of Latin influences and rhythmic landscapes.