A fun LVP Christmas track to end the year with. On contrast to the epic undertaking of the last video, this one was put together in just a few days, recorded from home and speedily edited by Brendan Dowse. Hope it brings you some Christmas cheer.
Next Monday, 21st December, London Vocal Project are hosting a Christmas live stream event. We’ll be playing videos from past live performances of our Christmas repertoire, interspersed with live chat amongst members of the choir. It should be fun and festive! Tune in live or watch back at: https://fb.me/e/3jl7TsyQM
Here’s a brand new video from London Vocal Project, of which we’re really proud. The music is Pete Churchill’s reinvention of the classic carol ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’, given new meaning for modern times, and is a song of struggle, freedom and hope. As such, we decided to launch it today, which is United Nations Human Rights Day. We’re also asking people to donate to our Amnesty International fundraiser here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/london-vocal-project
The track features LVP soloists Hannah Berry and Ayesha Pike, as well as instrumental contributions from friends across the London scene. This project grew and grew, so we now have a rhythms section (including fantastic guitarist Femi Temowo), horn section, and huge string section. This was a massive undertaking! All the parts were recorded remotely from home during lockdown, and then put together by Brendan Dowse (audio) and Ivan Teage (video), all overseen by Katie Teage (producer). We’re delighted with the outcome and happy to be sharing it at this time.
I’ve been singing this song with LVP for more than a decade, and still find it capable of being moving, inspiring, and bringing solace. Hopefully this video will do the same for others.
Alvorada were featured in the recent documentary ‘Fuerza London’. Made by Latino Life, the film explores the experiences of the Latin community in London during the Covid pandemic, interspersed with performances from some of the leading bands on the capital’s Latin scene. It’s a really touching piece of work, and we were delighted to be a part of it.
A recent recording I made with guitarist José Miranda. I met José earlier in the year, when he was in London with singer Jacque Falcheti for their European tour. I sat in for some of their gig at the Green Note. It was great to be invited by José to do this little collaboration. We chose to play this classic by Pixinguinha, one of my favourite choros.
This week, Alvorada went in to Rich Mix again for some more filming with Latino Life. This time they invited us to take part in their documentary, to be released later in year, which will explore the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Latin music scene in London. Here are some shots of the beautiful set that formed the backdrop of our performances.
After the success of our last gig at Folklore, we’re delighted to have another live date coming, on Saturday 24th October, this time at the classy Doña in Stoke Newington – also known for its great mezcal cocktails! It’s great to be able to play another show when opportunities are so limited at the moment. Musicians and venues are struggling alike, so we hope to have a good turn out for this one.
News of a gig this Sunday, 20th September – Alvorada will be playing a live show in an actual venue! We had been planning to do another Garden Special gig. As we’re all getting used to in the current climate though, things can change at very short notice.
Therefore we’re delighted that Folklore have agreed to host us for this show, our first indoor performance since the beginning of lockdown. Tickets will be strictly limited, socially distanced, and available in advance only. Book here:
We can’t wait to be back on stage!
Alvorada had the pleasure of filming a couple of videos for the London Latin Music Conference, in connection with the London Latin music festival, La Linea . It was great to get to return to Rich Mix for the session, even if just to play in the empty space rather than a live gig.
For anyone interested in attending the online conference, with discussion panels and performances, it airs on September 11th, and is free to sign up to.