Brooklyn Rider plays "A Walking Fire"

Brooklyn Rider plays "A Walking Fire"

Ljova and the Kontraband

Wed, May 1, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

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Brooklyn Rider plays "A Walking Fire" - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Brooklyn Rider plays "A Walking Fire"
Brooklyn Rider, the string quartet credited for “re-creating the 300-year-old form of the string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble” by NPR, performs music from their upcoming album, "A Walking Fire", to be released April 30 on Mercury Classics. Repertoire includes Béla Bartók's second string quartet, Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin's "Culai", an homage to Nicolae Neacșu, the iconic violinist/vocalist of Taraf de Haidouks, and Colin Jacobsen's "Three Miniatures", inspired by a 2006 journey to Iran and long-standing friendship with kemancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor.

Opening the concert is Ljova and the Kontraband, a chamber folk ensemble led by composer and violist Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin that fuses swinging Eastern-European and Gypsy melodies, Latin rhythms, jazz-inspired improvisations, and deeply rooted classical forms. Lev's compositions are inspired by collaborations with artists that include Yo-Yo Ma, Osvaldo Golijov, the Kronos Quartet, and Jay-Z.

About Brooklyn Rider:

Praised for its “stunningly imaginative” performances (Lucid Culture), the adventurous, intrepid string quartet Brooklyn Rider combines a wildly eclectic repertoire with a gripping performance style that continues to attract legions of fans and draw critical acclaim from classical, world, and rock critics. Vice likens Brooklyn Rider to “motocross daredevils who never screw up a stunt.” At home in both clubs and concert halls, Brooklyn Rider has appeared in venues as varied as the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Japan’s Todai-ji Temple, and the South By Southwest Festival. Through creative programming and global collaborations, Brooklyn Rider’s “down-to-earth demeanor…demystifies contemporary classical music and invites everyone into the tent" (Time Out New York).
Ljova and the Kontraband - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Ljova and the Kontraband is chamber-jam music for the “remix generation”. As if by alchemy, Eastern-European and Gypsy melodies, Latin rhythms, jazz-inspired improvisations, and deeply rooted classical forms are given new meanings in original compositions that fearlessly forge a new direction, with a nostalgic gaze towards the past.

Since making its debut in June 2006, the ensemble has performed at venues such as New York’s Lincoln Center & the Museum of Modern Art, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where it was the opening musical guest of the Sundance@BAM Film Festival. The Kontraband is also a mainstay at New York’s Joe’s Pub, and the Brooklyn-based club, Barbès.

Founded by the maverick film composer, arranger, and violist Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin — hailed by Billboard magazine as “one of New York’s fastest rising composers and instrumentalists” — the ensemble also features his close collaborators on vocals, accordion, bass and percussion. Inspired by his collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Osvaldo Golijov, the Kronos Quartet, the rapper Jay-Z and others, Ljova’s compositions dazzle with intricate textures, odd rhythms and lilting melodies, creating music that is both fresh and timeless. The Kontraband’s debut CD, “Mnemosyne”, features special guests Frank London, William Schimmel, Uli Geissendoerfer, Alon Yavnai and Marcus Rojas.