The Fadolín, Unplugged is my newest performance project, an ongoing Patreon-supported development of solo 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, 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, 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. In addition to Eric Aceto’s instruments (I own two) I’m also now performing on a new fadolín that I commissioned from the Vermont-based luthier Nathaniel Rowan.
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 - Caprices for Fadolín Solo (excerpts)
Ljova - Caprices for Fadolín Solo (excerpts)
a growing collection of music composed and performed by Ljova
on a fadolín, made by Eric Aceto
Recorded live at Postcrypt Coffeehouse, Columbia University, New York City
October 19 2019
Ljova - "Going Home -- Leaving Home -- Finding Home Again" #songsofcomfort
"Going Home -- Leaving Home -- Finding Home Again"
Ljova, fadolín / improvisation
"Going Home -- Leaving Home -- Finding Home Again" -- that was the idea behind this improvisation, taking a familiar tune through new turf -- for about twenty minutes.
It's perhaps an unusual time to be playing "Going Home", since most of us are sitting home with no place to go. Many are restless, constantly worried for the winter that's to come. In our neighborhood, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, homeless men and families fill the malls on Broadway, with no home in sight except the home within...
Nothing is permanent –– this, too, shall pass, and we will all find home again.
Thanks for listening.
stay safe and keep in touch, dear friends!
(this was recorded as a Facebook Live on my Ljova page earlier today, I'm re-uploading here with some EQ & reverb adjustments..)
#fadolín #improvisation #variations #newworld #covid19 #songsofcomfortShow More
We Shall Overcome -- This Little Light of Mine (live fadolín version, audio only)
We Shall Overcome -- This Little Light of Mine (live fadolín version)
There may be a curfew -- and there is a protest -- yet we can still play -- and I will. Much love to you all. No hashtags.
Ljova - ZòóMeRung - a 5-way live Zoom call with myself
*WARNING: LOUD SOUND* — My wife gave me a great haircut; in honor of that I give you.. ZòóMeRung! -- a 3-minute suite in four movements... — 'Twas the night of too many Zooms and all through the house, every participant was .. me! The horror! Here you see through my phone, an old iPad with a cracked screen but a working camera, my very old laptop, a newer iPad and my current laptop — giving you a quintuple selfie view! Also — more importantly -- a way to mess around with the latency and sound artifacts inside Zoom to see what they bring when you call yourself…Lots of fun— and the most precious thing happens on the last note. No reverb added. All live. #zoomthyself #zoomerung #fadolín #fadolin #newmusic #covid19 #makethings #quarantinelife #music #peoplewatchingpeople #selfie #zoombombers #zoombummersShow More
Ljova - O'Carolan's Farewell to Music - arr. for fadolín
Turlough O'Carolan: "O'Carolan's Farewell to Music" (1738)
arranged for fadolín and performed by Ljova (2019)
as learned from Martin Hayes
"Lost in the Stars" was among the first CDs my dad acquired when we moved to the US and bought our first CD player in 1990.... and the "Youkali" arrangement on it was an early favorite. I saw Hal here and there, at Tonic and in the neighborhood (he lived one block away), backstage at SNL.. at one point I met him at his house in Venice, where no less than three iPods were playing entirely different music at all times... .. the world will never be the same! Thank you for leaving so many landmarks to remember you by..
Youkali (Weill / Fernay)
April 7 2020