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Ljova and the Kontraband


Ljova, viola and famiola Inna Barmash, vocal Patrick Farrell, accordion Mike Savino, accordion Mathias Kunzli, percussion LJOVA AND THE KONTRABAND (formerly Ljova & the Vjola Contraband) -- is chamber-jam music for the "remix generation". As if by alchemy, Eastern-European and Gypsy melodies, Latin rhythms, Jazz-inspired improvisations, and deeply rooted Classical forms are given new meanings in original compositions that fearlessly forge a new direction, with a nostalgic gaze towards the past. Since making its debut at the Om Factory Yoga Studio in June 2006, the ensemble has performed at venues such as the New York's Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where it was the opening musical guest of the [email protected] Film Festival



Label: Kapustnik Records
Released: 2008


News: Recording

Ljova and the Kontraband Release Their Debut CD, "Mnemosyne"

Ljova and the Kontraband Release Their Debut CD, "Mnemosyne"

MNEMOSYNE is the debut release of LJOVA AND THE KONTRABAND, a new ensemble project dedicated to original music that washes away distinguishing lines between chamber music, jazz, contemporary global folk music. The ensemble was founded by violist and composer, Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin, an active collaborator of Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, the Kronos Quartet, ...


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