Enter the Fadolín

Enter The Fadolín is my new solo performance project, an ongoing Patreon-supported development of new repertoire exploring the fadolín, a unique string instrument encompassing the full range of the violin, viola, and most of the cello.

Though I’ve owned and performed on a fadolín made by the visionary Ithaca-based luthier Eric Aceto since 2008, and used it prominently in the creation of my albums “Melting River” and “SoLò Ópus“, I hadn’t written works that could be performed live, unamplified, without loopers or pre-records, specifically on this instrument — until now.

Since 2019, with gratitude to my Patreon supporters I’ve been steadily writing music — initially as a travelogue, and continuing through the pandemic via social media livestreams, on-street busking and house concerts –– having now premiered over an hour’s worth of recital and training material for myself and a future generation of fadolínists. You can hear some of it in the video playlist below — most of the works are mine, though there are also some works by J.S. Bach, his Celtic contemporary Turlough O’Carolan, plus several African-American spirituals. In addition to Eric Aceto’s instruments (I own two) I’m also now performing on a new fadolín commissioned from the Vermont-based luthier Nathaniel Rowan.

The “Enter the Fadolín” program is slated to have a public premiere on September 24, 2021, at Bargemusic in Brooklyn NY. Tickets are available here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5213315

A full album of solo fadolín works is in the final stages of preparation, with a release in Fall 2021.

Support my mission to create more music for the fadolín. Receive exclusive videos and sheet music.
Join me at: https://patreon.com/ljova

If you’re interested in performing or licensing any of these works, please contact me directly.
Enjoy the music and thank you for listening! –Ljova

Ljova - Midnight Suite #SongsOfComfort (Live)

Ljova - "Midnight Suite"
Improvised Suite for Fadolín in three movements.
1. A Nign
2. Falling (to the stars..)
3. Ellipses
premiered on Facebook Live
May 31 2020

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