LJOVA AND THE VJOLA CONTRABAND
special appearance at the Sundance Film Festival @BAM!
Friday, June 1, 2007 at 9pm
Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Avenue
LJOVA AND 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. Founded by the maverick film composer, arranger, and violist Lev 'LJOVA' Zhurbin --- hailed by Billboard magazine as "one of New York's fastest rising composers and instrumentalists" -- the ensemble also features his close collaborators on vocals, accordion, bass and percussion. Inspired by his collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Osvaldo Golijov, the Kronos Quartet, the rapper Jay-Z and others, Ljova's compositions dazzle with intricate textures, odd rhythms and lilting melodies, creating music that is both fresh and timeless.
Patrick Farrell, accordion
Uli Geissendoerfer, piano
Mathias Kunzli, percussion
Special guests: Inna Barmash, vocals
Reuben Radding, bass
Watch more videos of Ljova and the Vjola Contraband on YouTube!
Ljova and the Vjola Contraband reviewed by Justin Davidson in NEWSDAY
Official Website: http://Ljova.com/vjola_sundance_bam
Added by badpageturn on May 13, 2007