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Ljova and the Kontraband

Ljova and the Kontraband

Jazz / Folk / World / Classical New York, NY  US
Mnemosyne (feat. Inna Barmash & Frank London)
Bagel on the Malecon (Live)
Middle Village (featuring Inna Barmash)


  • 2015

    Aug 15

    Bethlehem, NH, US | 4:00pm

    Ljova & the Kontraband with the North Country Chamber Players If genre-defying music was a genre, Ljova and the Kontraband would probably defy that too. For if bringing together influences from classical, klezmer, tango, jazz and Gypsy music has been done before, nobody does it quite like this. Moscow-born, New York-based film composer, arranger and violist Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin writes and plays music that evokes forgotten memories of things you think you've heard before but haven't, while dreaming of Bartok and Piazzolla trundling through an early-morning Hungarian mist in a three-legged race to the village dance at the end of time. High-quality musicianship this entertaining is a joy to experience and when singer Inna Barmash emotes the full weight of a klezmer ballad with her silkily crystalline voice all available heart-strings will be tugged. Here today, going somewhere else tomorrow. Catch them while you can.North Country Chamber Players is a group of world-class musicians from major orchestras and musical institutions across the U.S. Every year since 1978 they have delighted White Mountain audiences with the gift of outstanding performances, innovative collaborations, and creative community and educational outreach.This concert is the center piece of a weekend of activities presented by the North Country Chamber Players, The Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation and The Colonial Theatre.For more information about this and other White Mountain cultural events visit: www.whitemountainsmusicfestival.com and www.bethlehemsynagogue.org.

  • 2013

    Jan 5

    Brooklyn, NY, US | 5:00pm
  • 2012

    Oct 4

    New York, NY, US | 8:00pm
  • 2012

    Aug 5

    Brooklyn, NY, US | 6:00pm
  • 2012

    Jul 7

    New York, NY, US | 8:00pm


Add Comment
  • Stefan K (Artist)
    Stefan K
    Enjoying your sweet, elegant sounds all morning. Thank you for the music!
  • Steve Kelly (Artist)
    Steve Kelly
    Jazzy, Exotic..innovative, excellent production... 1000 Blessings Peace Steve Kelly A. Goude Orange Road Records
  • Steve Wilson (Artist)
    Steve Wilson
    I adore your music. Thank you for posting it
  • Joseph Pehrson (Artist)
    Joseph Pehrson
    MIDDLE VILLAGE is one of the best tunes ever written by a human being...(or perhaps an extra-terrestrial, don't know...) Joe Pehrson
  • A. J. Teshin (Artist)
    A. J. Teshin
    Congratulations on your cd release, your music is really wonderful.
  • A. J. Teshin (Artist)
    A. J. Teshin
    Congratulations on your cd release, your music is really wonderful.


  • Ljova and the Kontraband at Joe's Pub, photo by Pete Matthews
  • Ljova and the Kontraband - photo by Anna Rozenblat
  • Mnemosyne CD Cover - photo by Rena Effendi, design by Boulevard Studios


Sounds Like: DeVotchKa, Tin Hat Trio, Аукцыон, Brooklyn Rider, Kroke

Label: Kapustnik Records

Bio: 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,...See Full Bio

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