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Brazil, choro

Guest appearance with Telecoteco

This Friday, February 21st, I’m looking forward to playing with Telecoteco, a duo exploring samba and choro. I first met singer and pandeiro player Jacque Falcheti in Brazil in 2014, and so it’s a pleasure to get to play with her and guitarist José Miranda on this date, part of their 2020 European tour. The gig is at the intimate Basement Bar at the Green Note: www.greennote.co.uk/production/telecoteco

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London Vocal Project

LVP Pizza Express residency continues

London Vocal Project will be continuing our Pizza Express Jazz Club residency on March 29th, lunchtime. The shows we did there last December sold out well in advance, so don’t delay to book for this one. We’ll be repeating some of the James Taylor Songbook which we introduced last time round, alongside more arrangements of music by the likes of Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and more.
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Alvorada, Brazil, choro

Songlines nomination and Dorset photos

Alvorada had a great time in Dorset, playing to some packed venues around the county and meeting lots of new listeners, most of whom were hearing choro for the first time.

While we were away we also were delighted to discover that we’ve been nominated for Best Group in the Songlines Music Awards 2020. You can vote for us here:
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www.songlines.co.uk/awards/2020
(closes midnight on Friday 31st January)

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Alvorada Dorset mini-tour and Harrison show

Alvorada’s first shows of 2020 are just around the corner.

We play three dates in Dorset on January 23rd – 25th, as part of the Artsreach Rural Touring programme.  We’ll be performing at venues in Wootton Fitzpaine, Portesham and Chetnole. Info and booking here: artsreach.co.uk/event/alvorada

Then on February 1st we’re back in London at one of our favourite venues, The Harrison. Book tickets here: www.wegottickets.com/event/493042

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London Vocal Project

LVP Christmas show

My last gig of the year was one to remember, with London Vocal Project at Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho. We performed a mixture of our re-worked Christmas classics, many which are staples of our repertoire for this time of year, alongside some brand new material, which is the basis for our newest project – the James Taylor Songbook. Some brilliant arrangements by director Pete Churchill as well as other members of the choir.

We’d been working towards this show for a few months (actually two shows – we did an early and a late show on the same night, to two sold out crowds), and it was great to get this music out there. I’ve been part of LVP since it began eleven years ago, and this night ranks among the most memorable I’ve enjoyed with this special community.

The good news is we’ll have an ongoing residency at Pizza Express in 2020, so look out for more dates!

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A few years ago, we filmed some of our Christmas repertoire. Here’s our version of ‘In The Bleak Midwinter’. You can find more Christmas videos on LVP’s Youtube channel.

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Gabriela Kozyra shows

Here are some photos from a couple of recent gigs with singer Gabi Kozyra. We were performing music again from her amazing album, Noites Brasileiras, which focuses on previously unpublished and unrecorded Brazilian songs.

We played in a trio with Walter Lopes at the Sands Film Studios (a unique and tucked away little gem of a place in Rotherhithe), and then travelled to Poland to play at the Raciborski Cultural Centre, with Walter, Andres Ticino and Sam Watts. Also enjoyed some excellent Polish food and drink while we were over there!

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Alvorada at London Jazz Festival

Alvorada’s performance in the London Jazz Festival was a great evening. We played to a sold out crowd at the Elgar Room in the Royal Albert Hall, playing music from ‘First Light’ alongside new material that we’ve been working on this year. We also had the special pleasure of inviting the amazing pianist, John Turville, to join us for a few tunes. He brought something very different to the music, and it was a delight to have him with us.

Photos: Captured by Liz
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