Alma Orquestra


Alma Orquestra

Beautiful melodies, stunning improvisations, mesmerising grooves – Alma Orquestra touches the hearts of their listeners every time they perform their irresistible music.

Alma Orquestra perform their imaginative interpretations of Portuguese Fado and folk tunes of the Iberian Peninsula. Their originals draw inspiration from Portuguese styles infused with elements of jazz, pop and classical music. From traditional to modern and original Portuguese song, Alma Orquestra’s sound tells a story and embodies a unique freshness, capturing the curiosity of their listeners and taking them on new and soulful journeys.

Alma Orquestra has performed at a range of festivals community events including  Petersham Portuguese Food and Wine Festival and have made live appearances at Sydney’s Foundry 616, the Camelot Lounge, and Smith’s Jazz Club in the ACT. They have performed with Fado Australia, and they also wowed audiences across the country when they featured on SBS’s Destination Flavour Eurovision with Adam Liaw.


This spectacular five-piece ensemble features Sydney’s renowned songstress/violinist Mandie Vieira, alongside fellow Portuguese-Australian musician Loretta Palmeiro (saxophone/clarinet/flute) and a stellar rhythm section in drummer Mike Quigley, bassist Hannah James and guitarist Jeremy Sawkins.

Bringing you the sweetest sounds and songs of Portugal and more. Alma Orquestra offer their listeners an unforgettable experience that will soothe all “saudades”.

Alma Orquestra live at Bairro Fair from Marlene Palmeiro on Vimeo.