Authentic Light Orchestra was founded by Swiss multi-instrumentalist with Armenian roots - Valeri Tolstov in 2009 with an idea to combine different musical genres such as jazz, rock, elements of Armenian folk, modern classics and live electronic. There is no special accent separately emphasizing any of the above mentioned genres. All of them are harmonically supplementing each other producing a unique sound and original interpretation of Armenian folk. The main challenge of the band is to create a fresh view on folklore music, finding new musical language and new distinctive sound of Authentic Light Orchestra.
A.L.O. consist of musicians that are famous for performing in well known halls like Carnegie Hall, Tonhalle Zurich etc and on world known music festivals such as North Sea Jazz, Jazz Baltica, Montreal Jazz Festival and so on. Lots of them are winners of many competitions such as Montreux Jazz piano competition.
A string quartett accompanies the band on some concerts.
Since 2012 the band has performed about 200 concerts in 45 cities.
In 2014 the band released the second studio album Forgotten Runes on Art Beat music label.
In 2016 A.L.O. recording a soundtrack with Serj Tankian for a Hollywood movie "The Promise". The soundtrack was recorded with Authentic Light Orchestra and String Orchestra in Moscow at Mosfilm's studio.
In 2014 the band has won the grand prix of Armvision contest for best arrangement and performance of a folk song. In 2016 ALO received the first Russian World Music Award.
September 13 new album "The sky is cloudy" will be released on the German label Naxos !
Band: Veronika Stalder/voice, Valeri Tolstov/ethnic instruments, Franz Hellmueller/guitar, Evgeny Lebedev/Piano, Thomas Tavano/bass
Special guests: Sasha Mashin/drums, Anton Davidyants/bass, Anton Revnyuk/bass, Ignat Kravtzov/drums, Petr Ivshin/Drums, Gennady Lavrentyev/tabla/violin