roots, rock, folk, jazz, soul, funk and electric delta
The Young Sequoias have been building up an increasingly compelling repertoire of infectious grooves, funky, soulful, bluesy originals, and renditions of various popular delta blues classics.
Formed in 2018, The Young Sequoias are Will Kallinderis, vocals, guitar and harmonica and Matt Colyer, drums, percussion and bass. Featuring a style that is highly intuitive, feeding off each other’s dynamics – Will’s upbeat guitar and harmonica together with Matt’s catchy rhythms creating a surprisingly full sound from a two piece act. Together they introduce new interpretations of songs from Will’s debut album along with a vast range of new songs drawing on roots, rock, soul, funk and blues.
Will Kallinderis is a singer songwriter who has been performing a lively mix of original roots, funk and soulful blues in local clubs and festivals around South Australia. Emerging in 2016 with his debut album Last Of The Singing Peace Chiefs, a collection of songs with upbeat acoustic guitar and full-throttled harmonica soloing accompanied by the soothing backup vocals of local talents Michelle Byrne, Natasha Luke and Julia Carosella. Also featuring the bass styling of James Byrne on ‘Once Upon A Time’ and the album’s titled song ‘Last Of The Singing Peace Chiefs’. The songs have a vintage roots vibe, lyrically catchy with messages evoking the album’s overall theme to respect nature. Soothsaying with musicality that shines with Will’s creativity and individuality.
At 16, Will was inspired to pick up the harmonica after hearing the music of Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, John Mayall, Paul Butterfield and Bob Dylan. The following year he took up the guitar and was influenced by Hubert Sumlin (Howlin’ Wolf), John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters to name a few. Will’s soulful roots sound is a result of many years honing his skills as a regular busker on the streets of Edmonton, Alberta followed by performances in the local blues and folk scene. Influenced by the sounds of British and Chicago blues, 60’s and 70’s R&B, folk, rock as well as Latin, funk and world music.
Matt Colyer is a drummer, percussionist and bass player whose versatility has seen him in many different bands from jazz, blues, funk to folk, rock and latin. Various acoustic styles have also played a huge influence listening to lots of Indian, Celtic and North African music.
Matt took to drums starting on snare in his school’s marching band and by his teen years had become interested in drum kit players of 60s and 70s bands including John Densmore from the Doors, John Bonham from Led Zeppelin, Mitch Mitchell from the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Ginger Baker from Cream.
Jazz drummers also became an increasing influence, listening to the sounds of Tony Williams (Miles Davis), Billy Cobham, Lenny White, Joe Morello and Steve Gadd. All these drummers had influenced the rock drummers that Matt had first become enamoured with. Listening to all these bands also inspired him to take up bass guitar.
Though having jammed many times as a duo with friends on and off over the years, this is the first time Matt is specifically playing in a two piece band. What is exciting about playing in The Young Sequoias is the opportunity it gives him to creatively draw on all of the styles and influences he has absorbed over more than 30 years of immersion in the music world.
Matt’s instruments reflect his influences playing mainly vintage drums and amps, tuned in more of a Jazz range for increased tone and resonance that really fills up the sound of a duo. “Will has an exceedingly amazing variety of rhythms, tones, tunings and styles also, which blend so well with a percussionist’s view of playing”.