Tuesday, February 27, 2018
7:30 PM
Forum, Lewis Arts complex
FREE and open to public

The Lewis Center presents a concert by Princeton Atelier faculty member LJOVA (Lev Zhurbin) on fadolín & looper and viola, along with accordionist Patrick Farrell, vocalist Inna Barmash ’01, clarinettist Vasko Dukovski, and Secret String Quartet members Jennifer Choi and Cornelius Dufallo on violin and Yves Dharamraj on cello. The concert is free and open to the public.



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Photo of LJOVA by Mark Gurevich

LJOVA (LEV ZHURBIN) 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 is the author of more than 120 compositions for classical, jazz, and folk ensembles, as well as scores to four feature and over a dozen short films. Ljova 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 freelance violist, violinist & musical arranger. Among recent projects is a commission from the City of London Sinfonia, The Louisville Orchestra, a string quartet for Brooklyn Rider new works for Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, The Knights, Sybarite5 and A Far Cry, as well arrangements for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, tenor Javier Camarena, conductors Gustavo Dudamel and Alondra de la Parra, the Mexican songwriter Natalia Lafourcade, Argentine composer/guitarist Gustavo Santaolalla. Ljova frequently collaborates with choreographers Aszure Barton, Damian Woetzel, Christopher Wheeldon, Katarzyna Skarpetowska (with Parsons Dance). Read full bio at

woman with microphoneINNA BARMASH immigrated to the States from Lithuania, where she first started singing in Yiddish and Russian. While a student at Princeton University, she co-founded the Klez Dispensers and has performed with numerous other klezmer groups in the tri-state area. Her explorations of the repertoire of Russian and Romanian gypsies led to her co-founding of Romashka, a gypsy band based in New York. While roaming through clubs, cafe, and underground parties with Romashka, Inna encountered Ljova, and now they travel together with Ljova and the Kontraband, and their sons Benjamin & Yosif. Learn more at

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Photo by George Baier

PATRICK FARRELL is a Brooklyn-based accordionist and composer who specializes in klezmer, new-music, various East-European folk musics, and brass band music. His current projects include the Yiddish Art Trio with Michael Winograd and Benjy Fox-Rosen, new Yiddish song duets with Berlin-based singer Sveta Kundish, chamber-folk ensemble Ljova and the Kontraband, strange and unusual duets with trumpeter Ben Holmes, and Serbian-style brass band Veveritse. He is also a member of the mighty Panorama Brass Band of New Orleans, LA, his former home, and until recently led and composed for the circus/new-music group Stagger Back Brass Band. He plays in Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars and Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express, and also arranges music for various ensembles. Farrell has produced or co-produced 6 different albums and has appeared on over 30 recordings. He has studied accordion in Macedonia, Serbia, Germany and Romania, and has played in clubs, concert halls, streets, and serenades all over North America and Europe. Learn more at

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