Budget Bulgar (2005)

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Budget Bulgar, a fiery Klezmer tune, was sketched between playing dance sets at a Russian wedding in western New Jersey, and is dedicated to Pete Sokolow, for many years the king of Jewish weddings in New York, a great klez-stride pianist, and an incredible personality. I propped my cellphone on the hood of a car in the parking lot, and left myself a voicemail with the melody, which I transcribed (and altered) at home.
CATEGORY Chamber music, multi-track viola music
INSTRUMENTATION Arrangements available:
— string quartet (plus bass)
— string trio
— 1 or 2 clarinets, 3 violins, 1 viola, 2 cellos
— 2 recorders, viola, cello, piano

Also available as a jazz “lead sheet”. Arrangements for other combinations may be commissioned upon request.

Also available as part of the Vjola Suite set.

DURATION 2 minutes 40 seconds
WORLD PREMIERE Om Factory Yoga, New York; June 16 2006
WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMERS Ljova & the Kontraband: Ljova, viola; Patrick Farrell, accordion; Mike Savino, bass; Mathias Kunzli, percussion
OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES Brooklyn Rider with Lil Buck & Ron Myles, choreographed by Damian Woetzel [see video];

Ljova and the Kontraband at Joe’s Pub [see video]

spark quintett – live in Germany [video fragment at very beginning]

Warhol Dervish – at Casa del Popolo in Montreal, Canada [see video]

RECORDING Recorded by Ljova and the Kontraband in 2007, but unreleased.

Recorded by Brooklyn Rider as an iTunes Exclusive for their album “A Walking Fire” [iTunes]

Recorded by Spark for their album “Folk Tunes” [iTunes]

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]

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