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ALVORADA are the UK’s leading performers of choro, instrumental music with rich melodies & infectious rhythms from Rio de Janeiro. The tight-knit quintet have performed at festivals and venues in the UK and beyond, recently selling out Elgar Room (London Jazz Festival), Pizza Express and Paris International Choro Festival. Alvorada recently released their debut album 'First Light', which was received by wide critical acclaim by BBC Radio 3, Songlines and Jazz FM, and also won them two awards for 'Best Brazilian Band in UK'. Alvorada perform frequently at private functions and weddings, and provide a top-class and unique musical experience for clients. Alvorada brings together top musicians from London and Brazil, whose diverse backgrounds - including jazz, classical and Brazilian music - lend the group a unique edge. Expect to hear playful, lively, expressive melodies combined with danceable grooves and virtuosic instrumental interaction! The group can perform in various combinations, ranging from a duet of flute and guitar - perfect for relaxed background music or wedding ceremonies - or the full quintet for the true Alvorada experience! Alvorada are: Rachel Hayter - flutes Andrew Woolf - clarinets / sax Aluá Nascimento - pandeiro Jeremy Shaverin - cavaquinho Luiz Morais - 7-string guitar "A fresh, innovative album" ★★★★★ Songlines  “They breathe a new life into Brazil’s popular lilting choro style… adding a distinctive, contemporary edge” Sarah Ward, Jazz FM "A tight-knit family of virtuosos... one of the top bands in London" DJ Ritu, Resonance FM

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Alvorada's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Olivia P
6 years ago
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5 out of 5

Alvorada were fab! Professional, fun and great musicians. Would recommend

Bea G
6 years ago
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5 out of 5

Alvorada was a great band to work with for our monthly networking event! They were very communicative in the lead up to the event, arrived on time, and were professional and friendly throughout the evening. On top of that, their music is awesome! We had lots of positive feedback on them during and after the event - it created a really lovely vibe! Thanks again!

From other customers:

Alison M
6 years ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in Florence St
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5 out of 5

Having lived in Rio de Janeiro for many years and being really into live music I’ve heard a lot of choro music in my time and I can honestly say Alvorada comes out there right on top. It doesn’t seem to matter that some of the band are not Brazilian; they all play with supreme talent and an infectious, authentic Brazilian style which just makes you want to get up and dance. A few months ago we had the pleasure of having them here in London at an enormously successful Florence Latin Jazz house concert. It will definitely not be the last time.

Alan B
6 years ago, for a Birthday party in Albert Rd
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5 out of 5

I was about to experience another birthday with a nought on the end and a party seemed the appropriate way to acknowledge another of life’s landmark dates. A party needs focus and a good band would provide it. The grapevine produced the notion of booking 5 piece Latino outfit Alvorada and I couldn’t have chosen better musical entertainment for the occasion. They are a five piece outfit of great musicians with strong melody interplay between Rachel Hayter’s fluent flute and Andrew Woolf’s dexterous clarinet. Their fellow musicians all play slightly obscure instruments (resembling tambourine, ukulele and a guitar with a weird number of strings) providing fabulous rhythms. So whilst the band are a terrific listen and produce a refreshing and original musical experience, they also almost inevitably invite an unstoppable dance reaction. On a practical level Alvorada were friendly, cooperative and professional and set up with the minimum of fuss. They were the highlight of the evening and I would fully recommend them for all kinds of bookings.

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Alvorada's Song list

Doce de coco
Noites Cariocas
Receita de samba
Choro pro Waldir
Tua imagem
Na Gloria
O bom filho pra casa torna
Chez Fred
Artful Dodger
Dead Sea Samba
First Light
Passeio Brasuca
Folhas secas
Juizo final
Barracao de zinco
A Rita
Bossas Novas:
Chega de saudade
Garota da Ipanema
Feira de mangaio
Forro Brasil
And many more!

Alvorada's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£950
Up to 2 hours£1200
Up to 3 hours£1400
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes. Depending on budget we can go out in different forms. We could have a duo of either flute or clarinet and guitar, or a trio with percussion, or a quartet.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We always try to be our best to be flexible, so do get in contact before the event and let us know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

We would be happy to create a bespoke playlist on a device, yes.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 - 1.5 hours before the performance time.

Can you roam around while you perform?

We can roam around. However, this would mean that we would play acoustically.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

We have a vast repertoire of Brazilian music, principally from the Choro genre. If there is a choro that you would like to hear, do let us know and we can play it. If you would like to hear us play Brazilian jazz, Bossa Nova, Samba or Forró, let us know and we will be happy to include it in our set list.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

No, we don't provide a PA or lighting. We can bring our own microphones and amp if needed. If you don't have a PA set up, we can perform semi-acoustically, with guitar, cavaquinho and percussion running through our amp and flute and clarinet unamplified.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

You can certainly request songs! We have done special arrangements of music for weddings and private parties from different genres, including jazz and Latin. We charge £30 for this service to take into account arrangement / rehearsal times.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients love our lively and engaging performances, the interaction between musicians on stage and the danceable nature of choro music!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Many London venues including Pizza Express Jazz Club, the Harrison, Woodburner, Rich Mix, the Vortex, Flipside festival, Henley festival, Paris International Choro Festival.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Classic choro composers such as Jacob do Bandolim and Pixinguinha, and modern Brazilian ensembles such as Agua de Moringa.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

We sold out Pizza Express Jazz club in London.
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