Ljova with Lila Downs backstage at Disney Hall

Ljova’s arrangements with LA Phil / Dudamel / Cantos en Resistencia

It happened again! –– over the past few weeks I wrote seven new arrangements for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel as part of California Festival‘s “Cantos en Resistencia” program that was performed last night.

As part of this program, I was reunited with Ely Guerra for whom I wrote some of my very first arrangements 13 years ago with Alondra de la Parra, and met for the first time the legendary Lila Downs for whom I wrote an arrangement for an album last year (also with Alondra).

This was my first time working with Monsieur Periné and Ana Tijoux, and the very futuristic sound of Goyo.

As far as the orchestra — what can be said? This is such a friendly place to make music. Want to use an E-flat clarinet? no problem. Want to use a drum machine live instead of acoustic percussion? No problem. Want the orchestra to clap in the middle of a song? No problem — everything done with genuine enthusiasm and great spirit. I love this group and everything it brings out in the music, and in the audience.

It was a great night.

#graciasvida #laphil #gustavodudamel #goyo #elyguerra #waltdisneyhall #losangelesphilharmonic #dtla #music #orchestra #gratitude #legendary

Ljova with Gustavo Dudamel at Disney Hall
Ljova with Gustavo Dudamel on the stage after rehearsal at Disney Hall
Ljova with Lila Downs backstage at Disney Hall
Ljova with Lila Downs
Ljova reunited with Ely Guerra, 13 years after writing his first arrangements for her as part of Mexico's Bicentennial
Ljova reunited with Ely Guerra after 13 years!
Ljova with Goyo
Ljova with Catalina Garcia of the band Monsieur Periné
Ljova with Catalina Garcia of Monsieur Periné
Ljova with Matt Howard, principal percussionist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, backstage at Disney Hall
Ljova with Matt Howard, principal percussionist of the LA Phil
outside the shiny Disney Hall, straight from the airport, before rehearsal
straight from the airport and into rehearsal at Disney Hall.. the life!

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