Washington Musica Viva


Washington Musica Viva, Inc. (WMV) was incorporated in Montgomery County as a non-profit arts organization in July 1998. Its mission is to produce public performances of a broad range of classical, jazz-based, and contemporary chamber music. Washington Musica Viva has a special focus on local composers, women composers, African-American composers, composers suffering under political oppression, and unfamiliar masterpieces of all kinds.

WMV began as a monthly multi-disciplinary performance series produced in the Howard Avenue Kensington studio of visual artist Marilyn Banner. These performances were extraordinarily popular, with audiences often overflowing the capacity of the studio. Consequently, WMV began to perform in various larger venues in the Washington area. Now beginning its 14th season, WMV has produced more than 170 programs, with recent performances at the Czech Center in New York, the Embassy of Austria, Brooklyn Conservatory, Busboys and Poets, and Washington Conservatory. Directed by pianist Carl Banner, the WMV ensemble is composed of professional musicians from the Washington metropolitan area, New York City, and Raleigh, NC.

Washington Musica Viva has been selected by the Maryland State Arts Council to be on the Maryland Touring Artist Roster, along with Liz Lerman, the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, and other great Maryland-based entertainment groups.

Watch Past Performances

Video 9/5/2012: Washington Musica Viva

This jazz program features the music of Czech composer Jaroslav Ježek, arranged for jazz sextet by contemporary composer Charley Gerard. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic.

Video 10/5/2011: Washington Musica Viva presents Dvorák Jazz Dances

Charley Gerard, alto saxophone, Syberen van Munster, guitar, Carl Banner, piano, James King, bass, Lenny Robinson, drums play Dvorák Jazz Dances, a work for jazz quintet by contemporary composer Charley Gerard that was inspired by Dvorák’s two series of Slavonic Dances, Op. 46 and 72. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic.

Washington Musica Viva