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A few months ago, Ljova recorded as part of a string quartet for a new album by Greek vocalist/composer Magda Giannikou - this is the CD release party. Really fun music, very romantic!
ROMASHKA, the longstanding New York-based Gypsy music band that introduced Ljova & Inna to each other, has been steadily growing in all directions -- we have eight musicians, and seven kids amongst us. Join us for a kid-themed show --
as the JCC website says, "New York's favorite gypsy dance party band is gearing up to play its first-ever multi-generational ROMASHKA JR. family show on the rooftop as part of the Generation R family series.
In addition to its ever-potent fare of gypsy, klezmer, folk and retro music from Russia, Romania, the Balkans and beyond, Romashka will dig into Russian cartoon music, musical games and stories for the youngest Romashka fans. At full blast, Romashka has a violin, viola, accordion, guitar, trumpet, clarinet/saxophone, tuba, and percussion. Pack your dancing shoes. All ages welcome. Bring your friends, parents, grandparents, near and far."
World premiere of "SQ-1" by Guy Barash, featuring Cornelius Dufallo & Jennifer Choi, violin, Lev Zhurbin, viola, Yves Dharamraj, cello -- also on the program, performances by pianist Kathleen Supove and texts by Nick Flynn
Ljova and the Kontraband infiltrate the Catskills with a performance at the Parksville USA Music Festival, singing Yiddish songs & originals inside a beautiful old church. Join us!
And here is what we’ve been up to recently — see past dates!
|Brooklyn Rider has commissioned a new string quartet from Ljova, “Culai”, which they’ve recently recorded for Mercury Classics. The Quartet had previously recorded Ljova’s works on its debut CD “Passport” and has recorded Ljova’s arrangements of Persian music on its collaboration with the Persian kamanche master Kayhan Kalhor, “Silent City”. Watch YouTube videos of Brooklyn Rider’s performances of Ljova’s compositions.|
|The Enso Quartet has performed Ljova’s “Bagel on the Malecon” on tour since 2006. Watch YouTube video of Enso Quartet’s performance of “Bagel on the Malecon”.|
|Violinist Tim Fain performs Ljova’s Sicilienne composition for violin and piano on his tours and has recorded the composition for his debut Naxos release.|
|Spark, a young contemporary music ensemble based in Germany, have recently recorded their debut album on Deutsche Grammophon, for which they’ve recorded two of Ljova’s works. To hear sounds, and details of their upcoming tour, visit:
|The Kronos Quartet is performing Ljova’s arrangements on their tours since 2005. Check out their current season page for details about upcoming concerts near you.|
|A Far Cry,Boston’s proudly unconducted chamber orchestra performed Ljova and Osvaldo Golijov’s arrangement of the Taraf de Haidouks’ tune “Turceasca” in a series of concerts. Here’s one orchestra member’s take on the arrangement and premiere performance: “Tackling Turceasca”|
|Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project regularly performs Ljova’s arrangements since 2004. Check out their current season schedule for details about upcoming concerts near you.|
|Romashka, a NY-based fiddle-brass dance party band performs several of Ljova’s compositions written for the band’s Eastern European dance repertoire. Ljova also plays the viola and famiola in the band. Check out Romashka’s website for more about the band.|