Mnemosyne - featuring Inna Barmash & Frank London

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MNEMOSYNE
lyrics by Trumbull Stickney (c. 1902)

It's autumn in the country I remember.

How warm a wind blew here about the ways!
And shadows on the hillside lay to slumber
During the long sun-sweetened summer-days.

It's cold abroad the country I remember.

The swallows veering skimmed the golden grain
At midday with a wing aslant and limber;
And yellow cattle browsed upon the plain.

It's empty down the country I remember.

I had a sister lovely in my sight:
Her hair was dark, her eyes were very sombre;
We sang together in the woods at night.

It's lonely in the country I remember.

The babble of our children fills my ears,
And on our hearth I stare the perished ember
To flames that show all starry thro' my tears.

It's dark about the country I remember.

There are the mountains where I lived. The path
Is slushed with cattle-tracks and fallen timber,
The stumps are twisted by the tempests' wrath.

But that I knew these places are my own,
I'd ask how came such wretchedness to cumber
The earth, and I to people it alone.

It rains across the country I remember.

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from Mnemosyne, released September 28, 2008
Music by Ljova
Lyrics by Trumbull Stickney

featuring: Inna Barmash, vocal
Frank London, trumpet

Ljova and the Kontraband:
Ljova, viola and famiola
Patrick Farrell, accordion
Mike Savino, bass
Mathias Kunzli, percussion

Mixed by Anibal Kerpel / Mastered by Steven Berson

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Ljova and the Kontraband New York, New York

LJOVA AND THE KONTRABAND -- is chamber-jam music for the "remix generation". As if by alchemy, Eastern-European and Gypsy melodies, Latin rhythms, Jazz-inspired improvisations, and deeply rooted Classical forms are given new meanings in original compositions that fearlessly forge a new direction, with a nostalgic gaze towards the past. ... more

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