AlmaNova is a talented, classically trained flute and guitar duo presenting an eclectic program of music from all over the world. Jessica Pierce plays the flute and Almer Imamovic plays the guitar. This innovative duo has been trained in the classical tradition while exploring other types of music. AlmaNova’s great love of all musical genres shines through to their audience by way of dynamic performances and mesmerizing stage presence. AlmaNova has traveled all over the world playing their unique blend of classical repertoire infused with music from the Balkans, Spain, Latin America, and the British Isles.
The AlmaNova Duo began their career in France while studying at the famed Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. Since then they have had the privilege to perform throughout Europe and the North America including Paris’s Theatre de Naples, the Tijuana International Guitar Festival, the Juan Serrano International Guitar Festival, and the Dom Armije in Sarajevo, Bosnia.
AlmaNova performed at the International Giuliani Festival as a featured chamber ensemble. They were featured artists in the USC World Music Festival at Bovard Hall in Los Angeles, and the International Festival of World Music in Claremont, California.
AlmaNova has also been featured in many televised specials and radio shows in Europe and the U.S. including Hayat Station, Studio 99, BHTV, and the National Broadcasting Station of Bosnia and Herzegovina, KPFK 90.7 with John Schneider and for PBS while playing at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, California.
As one of the most highly sought after performing ensembles on the West Coast, AlmaNova has been featured on various concert series including the City of Beverly Hills’s Music in the Mansion, the City of Manhattan Beach’s The Previews and as featured artists at the Santa Barbara Symphony 2nd International Guitar Festival. They have also performed as special guests with the Chamber Opera Chicago and the National Flute Convention.
The duo has been coached by some of the best musicians in the world of classical music including Pepe Romero, Scott Tennant, Jim Walker and John Mills.
10/1/ 2006, AlmaNova released their first CD recording ‘Debut’ featuring original works by Mr. Imamovic inspired by the sounds and folk melodies of his native Bosnia. Their second CD, ‘Classic Giuliani’ was awarded Critic’s Choice, 2008 by American Record Guide. Their newest release ‘After Hours’ explores the music of Macedonia through thoughtful arrangements and more original compositions by Mr. Imamovic and Ms. Pierce.