• Thu

    Brian Prunka with strings featuring Eric Allen and Ljova Mar 7

    7:30 door 8:00 show $15 suggested donation


    Eric Allen: Suite for solo cello (Ernest Bloch)
    Eric Allen is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, composer, and arranger living in Brooklyn.
    Allen’s arrangements have been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, and have featured artists Regina Spektor, Cynthia Erivo, Diana Ross, William Shatner and Ben Folds, among others. As an instrumentalist, he has performed in venues all over New York City, including Carnegie Hall, Dizzy’s Club, National Sawdust, Nederlander Theatre, and Brooks Atkinson Theatre, with such artists as Courtney Love, LCD Soundsystem, and many others.  Allen has studied Arabic music with oud and violin master Simon Shaheen and sarangi with the late Ramesh Mishra and was also member of both the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop.
    Ljova is a New York-based composer, fadolínist and collaborator. Among others, he’s worked with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silkroad Ensemble, Brooklyn Rider,  Osvaldo Golijov, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Natalia Lafourcade, and, of course, La Mar Enfortuna.   He’s the co-founder of the group Trio Fadolín, and leader of Ljova and the Kontraband. Enter The Fadolín is Ljova’s solo acoustic performance project, an ongoing development of new repertoire exploring the fadolín, a unique string instrument encompassing the full range of the violin, viola, and most of the cello.  The new collection of repertoire began as a travelogue, and continued through the pandemic via social media livestreams, on-street busking and house concerts –– Ljova’s premiered over an hour’s worth of recital and training material for myself and a future generation of fadolínists.    
    Website:    On The Socials: @Ljovadotcom
    Brian Prunka: works for oud and string quartet
    Outstanding NY string players with experience in the classical, jazz and Arabic music world find dramatic possibilities in combining Arabic oud and percussion with a traditional string quartet, playing expansive arrangements of Brian Prunka’s original music. Described as “Mesmerizing, intricate, anthemic” and  “one of New York’s most eclectic, interesting oudists” (NY Music Daily), Brian Prunka has performed nationally and internationally with both his own groups (Bil Afrah Project, Nashaz, Sharq Attack) and with artists including Simon Shaheen, the New York Arabic Orchestra, and Matt Darriau. His compositions and improvisational style reflect his personal musical journey through jazz and Arabic music. 
    with Sarah Mueller, violin; Insia Malik, violin; Ljova, fadolín; Eric Allen, cello; Philip Mayer, percussion; Brian Prunka, oud


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