Ljova and The Kontraband: The Sumner Knight Series

  • Sumner Knight Chapel 0 Chapel Drive Keene, NH 03431

The Sumner Knight Series is music in its natural form. Located in the beautiful Sumner Knight Chapel at the Woodland NED Cemetery in Keene, NH, the series in a wonderful acoustic environment; without amplifiers, PAs or any type of electronic enhancement. This allows the audience to hear the music in the way it was developed.
Suggested donation is $10.00, with all profits going towards the renovation of the Chapel. Student discounts available at the door, and you can get a discount by bringing a canned good to donate to the local food pantry ($1 per can for up to three cans; though you can pay it forward for someone else).
For you GPS and/or mappy types, the Chapel's address is:
0 Chapel DriveKeene, NH 03431

This sessions performers are:

Ljova and The Kontraband:

New music, old magic. 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 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. 

An official WOMEX 2013 showcase selection, 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. 

Their second album, “NO REFUND ON FLOWERS”, was released on May 12 2014. The Kontraband’s debut CD, “MNEMOSYNE”, featured special guests Frank London, William Schimmel, Uli Geissendoerfer, Alon Yavnai and Marcus Rojas.  

LJOVA AND THE KONTRABAND is:

– Ljova (viola & fadolin)
– Inna Barmash (vocal)
– Mathias Kunzli (percussion)
– Jordan Morton (bass)

special guest: Shoko Nagai (accordion)