Composer Journeys – Ljova

Posted on: March 20, 2015 in: Composer Journeys, Programmes>2016-17 Season>ÉMIGRÉ

Emigration has been a constant theme for musicians throughout history, with composers moving between countries and continents for a wide range of reasons. In our current concert series, we explore the journeys émigré composers have made through their musical output, whose sounds and atmospheres often reflect and have become associated with their life travels. As part of our blog series, Composer Journeys, and in the weeks and months around our exciting ÉMIGRÉ concert series, we’ve been mapping out the journeys the émigré composers have made.

For our second concert of the series, CLoSer: Ljova on 29 April 2015, we focus on the life and music of New York composer and musician, Ljova (Lev Zhurbin)A modern-day tale of immigration from Russia to the USA, Ljova’s musicians parents moved from Moscow to New York as communism fell in 1990. Ljova’s unique musical voice that combines classical music with Russian folk, jazz, Balkan Gypsy and Klezmer is very much indicative of his combined Russian and New York background.

Composer Journeys: Ljova. Ljova moved from Moscow to New York when he was young. His music is influenced from genres from all around the world.


To experience his sound, you can listen to our online playlist or just click one of his tracks below!

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CLOSER: Émigré – Ljova 
Wednesday 29 April 2015, 7:30pm
Village Underground, Shoreditch
Tickets £15 or £5 for students (pre-register at available from Spitalfields Music Box Office or via phone on 020 7377 1362.