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Camerata ALMA VIVA " Handel to Hendrix" the CD

Recording and Production of Camerata Alma Viva's album

About the project

 Did you know that centuries apart, both Georg Friedrich Handel and Jimi Hendrix lived in the same house in London’s Brook Street?

Camerata Alma Viva has decided to make the two geniuses finally meet and to record a programme mixing danses from all times and places, from the “Ice Age” Waltz, the baroque Passacaglia, to the virtuosi Csardas, all original arrangements by CAV’s one and only arranger Eric Mouret. The final Hendrix cover of Purple Haze has been chosen as “Pick of the Month” on BBC Radio 3.

The rest of the programme is dedicated to the wonderful Mozart Divertimenti, jewels of the string repertoire and source of inspiration and experimentation for the ensemble since their first session back in 2009.

Camerata Alma Viva is proud to present all of their original arrangements as well as our daring version of the Mozart Divertimenti! 

If we manage to raise the funds, the album will be released in 53 countries by the French label NoMadMusic.

What are the funds for?

The funds will be used to pay for:

- 3 days of Studio Recording at the Studio Ernest Ansermet in Geneva, Switzerland

- the sound ingeneer Hannelore Guittet and post production/mastering by NoMad Music Label 

- creation and marketing of the "Handel to Hendrix" cd


About the project owner

Camerata: “group of people living together harmoniously or pursuing a common artistic or intellectual interest”. From Italian, late 16th-cent.

Alma Viva: “the Living Soul”

Back in 2009, a group of musicians studying under Gabor Takacs-Nagy decided to take a new approach to music. Unbound by restraints, they set out to embrace tradition without being confined by it.  While others followed a conductor, they led themselves. While others sat, they stood.  Soon, what started out as a modest ensemble became a sixteen-strong orchestra, spanning nine nationalities: Alma Viva Camerata.

Today Alma Viva adopt revolutionary rehearsal techniques including meditation, improvisation and theatre, placing spirit and movement at the centre of the music.

With a residency at Bury Court Opera and a record deal with Babel Label, they have played worldwide, collaborating with acclaimed artists including the Gandini Juggling Company and jazz pianist Bruno Heinen.  

From Handel to Hendrix, Vivaldi to The Rolling Stones.  They can weather the Four Seasons and paint a red door black.  Now, as they approach their 10th year together, Alma Viva continue to defy convention with performances as vivid as the day they were written; a living orchestra with a living soul.