THE VJOLA CONTRABAND is the live ensemble performing the music from VJOLA: WORLD ON FOUR STRINGS, the debut release of maverick film composer, arranger, and violist Ljova (Lev Zhurbin) -- http://www.Ljova.com. Inspired by his collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project, the Kronos Quartet and Osvaldo Golijov, Ljova draws on a multitude of cross-cultural influences, and echoes them in unique pieces, recorded almost exclusively on multi-tracked viola. From blues to Bjork, to Latin and Gypsy dances, to a nostalgic Russian street-waltz, Ljova transcends the traditional boundaries of his instrument. Using inventive improvisation and arranging techniques, his compositions dazzle with intricate textures, odd rhythms and lilting melodies, creating music that is both fresh and timeless.
The live VJOLA ensemble includes: