Following the release of ‘Song Unsung’ earlier in the year, we’re now doing a belated launch gig on Wednesday 6th October at the Vortex in Dalston. I’m excited to be getting back together with Joe, Dave, Rob and Simon to play this music live again.
Amazingly, it’s been five years since we formed Alvorada. Time has flown! In that time, we’ve played numerous great gigs, released an album, won awards, played on the radio, travelled, and made many wonderful friends along the way.
We’re celebrating with a special anniversary gig on Wednesday 15th September at The Pheasantry in Chelsea. Hope you can join us for what should be a great occasion!
Released today is this new video single for the title track of my album, ‘Song Unsung‘.
It was created by by film, animation and motion design artist Henry Edmonds, aka Odourless Aunt, who I commissioned earlier this year. I had some initial ideas for a video to go with this track, which Henry took on and developed into this amazing visual piece.
Big screen and headphones/speakers recommended for the full immersive experience! (Much better than watching on a phone…)
It’s been great to get back on stage recently with Alvorada – our first gigs in months!
We played at Magpie’s Nest Festival, run by Nest Collective, on a beautiful day in early June. Then last night, we returned to a newly re-fitted Harrison Pub, for a joyful evening with a delightfully energetic audience.
The album features my own compositions (plus one arrangement of a contemporary Brazilian song). I play tenor sax throughout, alongside the wonderful Joe Auckland (trumpet), Rob Updegraff (guitar), Dave Manington (double bass) and Simon Roth (drums).
The beautiful design for the album was created by Max Franosch. I’m delighted with how it came out looking, and think the expressive imagery is perfectly in keeping with the music.
I was really touched by all the contributions and messages from everyone who supported the crowdfunding campaign for ‘Song Unsung’.
The campaign was a success, raising £2525 towards the costs of the album, and have made possible the commission of an exciting video animation to go with the title track.
Aware that many musicians are continuing to struggle as a result of the pandemic, and that my situation is pretty fortunate, I also decided to donate £200 from the proceeds to Help Musicians, a charity which supports musicians who are in difficulty.
I’m starting to send out rewards to supporters imminently, so you’ll be able to hear it very soon!
Following on from the success of November’s documentary release, Latino Life present ‘Fuerza London – The Concert’. It was a pleasure for Alvorada to be a part of this. We played Jeremy’s moving waltz, ‘Gina’.