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back in blog - Inna's Musings, Memories, Meanderings

Date: 2007-02-27 03:06
Subject: back in blog
Security: Public
Location:New York
Music:Gavin Bryars "After the Requirem"
Tags:life, music, update
After a prolonged unjustified hiatus, I'm back to blogging...

Why? Mostly as a platform for reacting to the myriad of experiences in my life, and a way to share recent discoveries in music, film, readings, etc etc etc. I've also discovered that I love reading other people's personal blogs - somehow daily activities of complete strangers or casual acquaintances are often more inexorably fascinating than novels by master writers. Call me a voyeur...

And once in a while, I'll engage in shameless self-promotion and bragposting. Because... why not? :)

Life update: So in the last couple of months, [info]thesoupasonic  and I got back to New York after a 4-month soiree in Budapest and beyond. Some of our stay in Budapest was documented at barmaljova.blogspot.com. We spent the first month catching up with friends and adjusting to the culinary shock to the system - our neighborhood has more Thai restaurants per square foot than all of Budapest, and a few more cropped up while we were away. One of these days, I'll blog on my favorite Thai restaurants in NY.

On the bragging front, we played a sold-out show at Joe's Pub in mid-January. It was a double bill with my band ROMASHKA and Ljova's new project THE VJOLA CONTRABAND. Ljova got a tremendous review in Newsday for the show, and Romashka was featured in the Global Rhythm Magazine, which favorably compared me with Edith Piaf , oui oui :) And the New York Observer featured a beautiful shot of both of our bands on the eve of the show (see above, photo by Nina Roberts).

And for the romantics among you
, the New York Observer also featured our engagement story in their Love Beat column, see here:

So that's the happy news so far. I'm enjoying a light semester at school, and devoting much time to all the activities I won't have time for in just a few short months - swimming, reading, surfing the web, walking, shopping.

And finally, a music recommendation: a wonderful recording of Gavin Bryars "After the Requiem" by Bill Frisell and members of the Balanescu Quartet. It'll seduce you into a meditative state, and caress you into blissful solitude. A cross between Philip Glass and Messiaen, with a healthy dose of electric guitar.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-02-27 11:50 (UTC)
Subject: From Sarah
Inna!!!!! I just read the article about your engagement (cutest, by the way). You were engaged at the EXACT SAME TIME, ON THE EXACT SAME DAY, as my best friend Melissa (of NPR fame!)

Whoa. That is way too weird for me to handle.

Welcome back to blogging! I can't wait to read all your posts...
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User: innabar
Date: 2007-02-27 14:01 (UTC)
Subject: Re: From Sarah
weird! cool! what's missing in the npr story is that Jan 14th is Ljova's parents' wedding day, so that was another reason for waiting until after midnight on Jan. 13th (that, and that his parents forbid him to propose on the 13th - a good sign that they liked me :)
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User: wildblueyonder2
Date: 2007-02-27 13:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hey, is there a way to get listings of places that you're playing?
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User: innabar
Date: 2007-02-27 14:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
hi! you can join our email list - ROMASHKA's signup is at http://zemerl.com/phplist_jan06/?p=subscribe&id=1
and Ljova's email list is at http://www.ljova.com/contact. Romashka doesn't have any public shows scheduled right now (taking a little break), but Ljova is playing a very special show at Barbes in Park Slope on March 8th, and I'll be singing a bit there, as well. more info about Ljova's show at http://www.ljova.com/vjola_contraband_barbes
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User: songbirdacr
Date: 2007-02-27 14:07 (UTC)
Subject: Love it!
That's the sweetest story! "Gypsy music contractor," how romantic! =]
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User: innabar
Date: 2007-02-27 14:11 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Love it!
thanks :) all true....
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User: map_ka
Date: 2007-02-27 14:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Welcome back!

I guess, I am a romantic, 'cause I loved the NYO story.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2009-12-10 06:19 (UTC)
Subject: romantic gifts for him
Nice one! Thanks for the information.

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