Black is the color of my true love’s hair
His lips are something rosy fair
The sweetest smile and the kindest hands
I love the grass whereon he stands
I love my love and well he knows
I love the grass whereon he goes
If he no more on Earth will be
‘twill surely be the end of me
Lies and spite command the world
Suffocate its consciousness,
Truth is poisoned, dead is law,
Honor killed – obscene extolled!
Blindly shut are gates of faith -
Kindness, love can’t penetrate.
And the wisdom of our days
Teaches theft, deceit, and hate.
Friend is traitor to a friend,
Spouse to spouse a common liar,
Peddles brother in his brother
Lewdness reigns in shameless pyre
“Come, you dear, to my trail,
I will surely make you fail”
-- smirks the bigot in conceit,
Knife preparing for defeat!
Such are happy days we live…
Respite, order lost, forsaken
And our God’s beloved son
Once more crucified – again!
Ljova, viola (1-8) & fadolín (8)
Inna Barmash, vocal (3, 6)
Patrick Farrell, accordion
Mike Savino, bass
Mathias Künzli, percussion
All music written by Ljova, except “Black is the Color,” melody by John Jacob Niles.
"No Refund on Flowers" is the second album from Ljova and the Kontraband, led by composer/violist/arranger Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin. Much more detail included in the liner notes.
released May 11, 2014
Recorded by Aaron Nevezie at The Bunker Studio, Brooklyn
Mixed by Shahzad Ismaily at The Audio Bunker, Manhattan
Mastered by Steven Berson at Total Sonic Media, Brooklyn
Cover photograph by Craig VanDerSchaegen, Minneapolis
Design by Boulevard Studio, Santa Fe Argentina
Thank you to everyone who has supported this band from its beginnings, and to all of our Kickstarter supporters who made this recording possible.
Special thanks to: Inna, Patrick, Mike and Mathias, who have inspired and encouraged me to write, listen, challenge and enjoy their immense talents; to my parents, Alexander Zhurbin and Irena Ginzburg, who have always nurtured with love and supported all my adventures. To Rachel Sokolow, Sxip Shirey, Bill Bragin and Olivier Conan, who gave us our first opportunities to play together; to my cousin Johnny Gandelsman and the boys of Brooklyn Rider, Carla Kihlstedt, Mat Maneri, Kayhan Kalhor, Pablo Aslan, Jordan Morton, and all the performers from whose vocabulary I may have stolen and learned from. To Aaron Nevezie, Shahzad Ismaily and Steven Berson for making this record sound the best; to Craig VanderSchaegen for his photography, and Boulevard for design.
Lev "Ljova' Zhurbin was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1978. He divides his time between composing music for film, concert, and
dance; performing with his own ensemble LJOVA AND THE KONTRABAND, and arranging music for the Yo-Yo Ma & Silk Road Ensemble, Kronos Quartet, Alondra de la Parra, Brooklyn Philharmonic and many others....more