THE INTERSECTION OF CLASSICAL MUSIC AND ELEMENTS FROM DIVERSE CULTURES – FORGING A NEW GENRE OF MUSIC.
The Manhattan Camerata is a distinctive chamber ensemble known for its performances of Transclassical Music, a unique musical style created by its founders Lucía Caruso and Pedro H. da Silva. Since its inception in 2009, Manhattan Camerata has become one of the world's most versatile, flexible, and stylistically diverse ensembles, equally adept at Tango and Fado, medieval music, rock arrangements, as well as film scores and original contemporary compositions. Performances unconventionally meld the western classical chamber orchestra with world instruments (Portuguese guitar, bandoneón, sitar, darbuka, to name a few) – often presented in new works.
The eclectic nature of Manhattan Camerata is best understood in the founders’ international and cross-cultural approach. Artistic Director Lucía Caruso is a composer and pianist from Argentina, and Music Director Pedro H. da Silva is a member of the New York University composition faculty and a multi-instrumentalist from Portugal. It is this cultural communion that gives the ensemble its innovative perspective. The Manhattan Camerata won an International Portuguese Music Award for Best Instrumental Performance with an arrangement by Daniel Binelli in 2017.
The José Limón Dance Company commissioned Caruso and da Silva to compose “Nocturne for Ancestors” in collaboration with renowned choreographer Seán Curran. This original ballet was accompanied by the Manhattan Camerata at the Joyce Theatre in New York City with seven sold-out performances.