Garmoshka (2004)

take a listen to the original version:

watch a video of the chamber orchestra version:

Garmsoshka (which in Russian means “little accordion”, or “mouth harmonica”) was written between takes during the recording of the Ayre album with the Andalucian Dogs. I wanted to write a melody and dedicate it to my grandmother, Ada Zhurbin, and try to keep it simple – at least on the surface.
CATEGORY chamber music, chamber orchestra, lead sheet, jazz
INSTRUMENTATION flexible instrumentation;
arrangements available:
— chamber orchestra with soloists – 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 violin soloists, strings
— chamber orchestra – 2-2-2-2 / 2-2-0-0 / timp & 1 percussion / strings
— full orchestra – 2-2-2-2 / 2-4-0-0 / timp & 3 percussion /  strings
DURATION 4-7 minutes
WORLD PREMIERE The premiere was at a friend’s wedding reception in the Bronx, in September 2004.
WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMERS I believe it was: Ljova, viola; Alex Nakhimovsky.
OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES “Garmoshka” often performed by Ljova and the Kontraband;
October 15 / 16, 2008 – by The Knights, featuring violin soloists Johnny Gandelsman and Colin Jacobsen, at Le Poisson Rouge, New York City (recorded for Sony Classical)September 13, 2014 —

Empire Chamber Orchestra conducted by David Bousso, Good Shepherd Faith Church NY

RECORDING Recorded on Ljova’s debut record, “Vjola: World on Four Strings”, by Ljova, with accordionist Michael Ward-Bergeman. Available here.Also recorded in arrangement for chamber orchestra by The Knights, featuring violin soloists Jonathan Gandelsman & Colin Jacobsen, on the Sony Classical album “Experience: Live in New York”, featuring cellist Jan Vogler – see discography for more information.
SCORE AVAILABILITY All arrangements are available for sale via PDF or mail delivery; arrangements for combinations not listed above may be commissioned on request. [contact for more info]Score and parts available for sale.

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