LJOVA AND THE KONTRABAND make a debut at Symphony Space’s intimate Thalia Theatre, inaugurating their “REBELS & REDS” series.
Tickets are $30, and include a complimentary drink of Armenian Cognac — but chances are that I’ll be on stage swigging a bottle of Polar Seltzer.
LJOVA AND THE KONTRABAND is a band that swings and dances outside the box. Their music defies genres, barlines and expectations, makes you laugh, cry, and live longer.
Ljova and the Kontraband is:
Ljova, viola and fadolin
Inna Barmash, vocal
Patrick Farrell, accordion
Mike Savino, bass
Special guest: John Hadfield, percussion
Tickets can be purchased by calling 212-864-5400, or at: http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/7553-rebels-reds-ljova-and-the-kontraband
“richly textured palette featuring Eastern European and Gypsy melodies beautifully offset by Latin-tinged rhythms”
–New Yorker
“recall the asymmetrical dance beats of central and southeastern Europe, where time signatures tend to look like hat sizes (7/8, 13/8, 15/16). They tug and pull at you in strange and mysterious ways, as do Ljova’s melodies, which have the tuneful, emotive quality of good pop.”
“Ljova and the Kontraband play genre-defying music beautifully and soulfully. Organically bringing together influences ranging from classical and new music, klezmer, tango, jazz, Gypsy music and more, their music is smartly original, steeped in tradition while moving those traditions forward. ”
–Bill Bragin, arts presenter

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