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Favoriting October 8, 2022: A Visit with Ljova and his fadolin


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TICKET GIVEAWAY to see Malian Tuareg band Al Bilali Soudan Wednesday October 12th at Union Pool!

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To get in the running for a pair of tickets to the show: Email me, Rob W, here, and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line. The deadline to enter is tonight at midnight; winners will be notified by Monday.

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LJOVA (Lev Zhurbin) [ˈˈljɒvə (lɛv ʒʊərˈbiːn]) was born in 1978 in Moscow, Russia, and moved to New York with his parents, composer Alexander Zhurbin and writer Irena Ginzburg, in 1990. He divides his time between composing for the concert stage, contemporary dance & film, leading his own ensemble LJOVA AND THE KONTRABAND, as well as a busy career as a violist, fadolínist & musical arranger. Among recent projects are commissions from the City of London Sinfonia, The Louisville Orchestra, a new work for Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, a string quartet for Brooklyn Rider, a clarinet quintet for Art of Élan, and works for The Knights, Sybarite5 and A Far Cry, as well arrangements for the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, tenor Javier Camarena, conductors Gustavo Dudamel and Alondra de la Parra, songwriters Ricky Martin, Natalia Lafourcade and Carlos Vives, composer/guitarist Gustavo Santaolalla and Osvaldo Golijov. Ljova frequently collaborates with choreographers Aszure Barton, Damian Woetzel, Christopher Wheeldon, Katarzyna Skarpetowska (with Parsons Dance). In 2018, he was a Visiting Lecturer at Princeton University’s Atelier program, co-teaching a course on collaboration with puppeteer Basil Twist.
Ljova is the author of more than 120 compositions for classical, jazz, and folk ensembles, as well as scores to numerous feature, documentary, and short subject films. He has released eleven albums on his label, Kapustnik Records, and his compositions have been recorded on Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical, Bridge Records, Naxos and In A Circle labels. He is an alum of the Sundance Institute’s Film Composers Lab. His music has been licensed by HBO, PBS, BBC, CNBC, and NHK networks, among many other independent projects.

AL BILALI SOUDAN are from Timbuktu Mali. Their performance is an improvisational tour de force of traditional instruments, rhythms and scales. The group members all come from a well-known Tuareg griot family who have performed for generations. Aballow Yattara is the current group leader. Other members of the group are his uncle Aboubacrine Yattara and their sons Mohamed Ag Abellow and Tchiale Ag Aboubacrine. Their stringed instrument, known as tehardant in Tamashek, ngoni in Bambara, kourbou in Sonhrai, and tidinit in Arabic, is widely heard in West Africa. Some refer to the tehardant as precursor to modern banjo. It has accompanied bards, dancers and vocalists for centuries. Percussion is calabash, a hollowed half gourd. These traditional instruments are foundational to the development of the style that has evolved into the modern desert blues sound. Abellow and Aboubacrine Yattara began to play this three-stringed fretless instrument when they were adolescents. Both their fathers were master musicians. His uncle can be heard on the first recordings of traditional music in Northern Mali. Abellow Yattara can be heard on early recordings by Ali Farka Toure, on 1970’s recordings of the Orchestre de Tombouctou, and many Radio Mali broadcasts. He accompanied the vocalist, Khaira Arby, on recordings and on tour.

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Artist Track Album Label Comments Approx. start time
Mohammad Gâmshazehi  Simorgh   Favoriting Baloutchistan: Musiques d'Extase et de Guérison  Ocora Radio France    0:00:00 (Pop-up)
Ligeti Quartet  Eki Attar (The Best Steeds)   Favoriting Songbooks, Vol. 1      0:06:32 (Pop-up)
Kronos Quartet  El Sinaloense (The Man from Sinaloa, 1943)   Favoriting Nuevo  Nonesuch    0:08:31 (Pop-up)
The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc  Frygg   Favoriting Bonfrost      0:15:18 (Pop-up)
Trio Violon (Champeval, Durif, Vrod)  Bourrée de Chabot   Favoriting La Concordance Des Temps      0:17:59 (Pop-up)
Torupilli Jussi Trio  P6drajaht (Moose hunting song)   Favoriting       0:20:28 (Pop-up)
Frigg  Kekripolska   Favoriting Frixx      0:24:21 (Pop-up)
Kevin Dempsey, Dave Swarbrick  The Pepperpot / Banksie   Favoriting Dave Swarbrick: English Fiddler      0:29:40 (Pop-up)
Labyrinthus Ensemble  Ecce mundus moritur   Favoriting Carmina de morte      0:33:12 (Pop-up)
Laura Cannell  A New Theory of Eclipse   Favoriting Simultaneous Flight Movement      0:34:22 (Pop-up)
Performer Unknown  Taqsim (Improvisation) On Violin   Favoriting Various Artists: Paris To Calcutta: Men And Music On The Desert Road [Disc 2]      0:38:28 (Pop-up)
Gino Sitson  VoCello   Favoriting VoiStrings      0:41:56 (Pop-up)
Al Bilali Soudan  Khadeidja   Favoriting Tomboctou  Clermont  We have a ticket giveaway going for their Wednesday night show at Union Pool - email me via the link on this page to get in the running!  0:47:52 (Pop-up)
haapoja & illmari collective  Mainen   Favoriting Huomeneen / Tomorrows      0:56:49 (Pop-up)
Michael Gordon (featuring Todd Reynolds, Violin)  Idle   Favoriting Light is Calling  Nonesuch    1:01:02 (Pop-up)
Nick Doneff  Nihavend Karsilamas   Favoriting Raw Fiddle [disc 2: International Intrigue]  Rounder Select    1:06:19 (Pop-up)
Justyna Jablonska and Jyotsna Srikanth  Varna   Favoriting Songs for Cello and Carnatic Violin  Stitch Records    1:11:56 (Pop-up)
Cheikh Ahmed Zaitouni  Violin Solo   Favoriting Musique Andalouse de Tanger  Institut Du Monde Arabe    1:15:33 (Pop-up)
West Bridge Band  Amilly   Favoriting Kibera Esbera      1:19:49 (Pop-up)
Bina Koumaré & Madou Diabate  N'Djaba   Favoriting Every Song Has Its End - Sonic Dispatches from Traditional Mali      1:21:58 (Pop-up)
Evalisto Muyinda  Omusango Gwe Nyama   Favoriting Music of the Baganda  Pan Records    1:25:54 (Pop-up)
Layale Shaker and Sefarand  Ushaq   Favoriting Inner Rhyme  In A Circle Records    1:30:23 (Pop-up)
Meybahar  Eridanus   Favoriting Abyss  Fonó    1:34:17 (Pop-up)
Dimitar Petrov  Bavna Melodija I Racenica   Favoriting Balkan Blues [Disc 1]      1:39:05 (Pop-up)
Maarja Nuut  Siidisulis Linnukene   Favoriting Une Meeles      1:43:16 (Pop-up)
Akkajee  Orpopojan valssi   Favoriting Lastenkerääjä  Eclipse    1:46:26 (Pop-up)
Edita Gumauskaitė  Valsas prazudytas gyvenimas   Favoriting Styginių orkestra      1:53:18 (Pop-up)
Vidar Lande  Sordølen, gangar   Favoriting Various Artists: UNESCO Music & Musicians of the World: Norway: Fiddle Music from Agder      1:58:46 (Pop-up)
Sequentia  Ragnarok (The End of the Gods)   Favoriting Edda: Myths from Medieval Iceland      2:00:15 (Pop-up)
Raiss Lahcen Akhtab  Track 03   Favoriting Raiss Lahcen Akhtab Vol. 2  Agadir Vision    2:01:47 (Pop-up)
Julaba Kunda - Juldeh Camara and Griselda Sanderson  Balatara Canto   Favoriting Julaba Kunda      2:06:18 (Pop-up)
Abel Selaocoe  Zawose (for Hukwe Zawose)   Favoriting Where is Home (Hae Ke Kae)      2:09:36 (Pop-up)
Ljova  O'Carolan's Farewell to Music   Favoriting Enter the Fadolin      2:24:07 (Pop-up)
Ljova  The Gaze   Favoriting       2:36:01 (Pop-up)
Ljova  Volleywaltz   Favoriting Lost in Kino 2      2:44:25 (Pop-up)
Ljova  Song of Parting   Favoriting Lost in Kino 2      2:45:49 (Pop-up)
Ljova  Playground Mood   Favoriting Live on WFMU      2:50:37 (Pop-up)
Ljova  The Inland Sea   Favoriting Live on WFMU      2:53:48 (Pop-up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:03pm

Hi Rob and paradisians and hell raisins!
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Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:05pm
Rob W:

Hell raisins indeed!

yaarrr here we go
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:08pm

just pledged thank you RobW. listening with a few FMUers
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Rob W:

Thanks so much john_zilla!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:09pm

Alright john_Z!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:13pm

yeah why are we italics haha

Joe Stracq:

Yo this music is perfect right now. I’m loving it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:23pm
Rob W:

Thanks Joe Stracq!
Avatar 6:24pm

Rob W steering the ship!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:32pm
Threemoons 🌛🌕🌜:

Heyo. Just picked up my laundry, got some stuff going in the InstantPot....here for the tunes!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:40pm

Sounds good!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:43pm
Rob W:

Thanks Ike for the moral support!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:44pm

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:51pm

All strings. Beautiful show. How can one NOT pledge?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:52pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

Hello, Rob and indigenous family.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:53pm
Rob W:

Hi Ken!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:01pm

Wow, uh… been a while since I heard anyone mention WXHD!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:02pm

almost full moon rising!!
Avatar 7:03pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Nearly Full ☽Luna quite near big bright ♃Jupiter who is closer to us than in essentially a lifetime.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:09pm
tim from washington:

Hi Rob! I don’t comment very often but listen regularly. You’re show is consistently fantastic.

I recently saw Qwanqwa live and thought to myself “This is a total Transpacific Sound Paradise band! I’m stoked!”
Avatar 7:14pm

Tim! Good to see you
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:14pm
Rob Weisberg:

Thanks so much Tim and re: Qwanqwa, yes, I suppose they are!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:15pm

I will take it personally if folks don't pledge for the fiddles.
tim from washington:

Hey HyperDose!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:20pm

Oh, so we can blame that little XHD-Way afu-snay on the nearly full moon? Cool!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:22pm

Persnickety copy editors like me are the WORST.

Heya Rob and folks. Has anyone used the “fiddlin’ around” line yet? If not, I call dibs.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:33pm

You may have to get "fiddlin'"clearance from Dave the Spazz, Camichael
Avatar 7:34pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Sounding magnificent as ever.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:34pm
Rob W:

Thanks very much Rev.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:35pm

Agree with RevRab.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:36pm
Rob Weisberg:

Thank you too chresti!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:42pm

great tunes Rob thank you
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:42pm

especially liked the Meybahar
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:45pm
Rob W:

Glad you liked that john_zilla!
Wilson in SO:

What’s the 3rd or 4th fiddle song you played that’s just like “Whiskey Before Breakfast?”
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:48pm

Man. Finnish is such a beautiful language.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:48pm
Rob W:

Wilson, I'm not sure - maybe Kronos Quartet "El Sinaloense"?
Avatar 7:51pm

Have been enjoying the bowed strings. Give the fiddler a dram!
Avatar 7:52pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

maestroso - Tolkien of course thot so ! & he knew from Languages.

lot of these tracks give me medieval vibes for some reason
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:02pm
Rob W:

There's can be a fine line between "world music" of a certain type and "early music".
Avatar 8:06pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Tolkien for example loved not only the Finnish language - but the ancient stories they've preserved in it in the Kalevala. The Finnish have maintained traditions more successfully than most perhaps ?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:06pm
Glorious Estephonic:

Avatar 8:24pm

greetings, Rob! Paradisians!

been listening since i got home -- maybe about 7pm? -- REALLY crappy week, such a HUGE comfort to be here with you all! 😺😺

(just gotta crank up the volume on the terrestrial and computer, to drown out whatever swill is going on upstairs -- bath salts fueled karaoke?!?)

hi Katie! yes, pledging for fiddles AND *little* FEBO 😻😻

hi pot80! oh cool, you made it here!

hi RevRab! yes, that almost-full Moon sure is magnificent! 🌕

gotta get back to work -- invoking Finnish Sisu! 🇫🇮🇫🇮🇫🇮
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:29pm

hi slugluv!
Jupiter to the right of the moon tonight
Avatar 8:29pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Looking for a visual :

hi! thanks for the recommendation, really digging the set tonight
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:41pm

I put the Ljova album on my wishlist on bandcamp, next bandcamp friday I'll get it

Evening fellow music lovers
@Slugluv hope next week is better
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:42pm

I forgot to say Ljova link is typed .come, should be .com
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:46pm
Rob W:

That's great Folsom!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:01pm

Thanks Rob!
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