Vlada Brofman CD release

September 16, 2017 3PM
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$20 / 18

Born and raised in Moscow, Russia, Vlada Brofman has spent the second part of her life in the US, mostly on the East coast. Fully fluent in English, Russian, and French, she appears equally at home in different musical traditions: jazz, bossa nova, French chanson, and the lyric-centered vision of singer-songwriters… Her primary training in acting (with a theatre director from Moscow Semen Rivkin) has been complemented by jazz voice lessons; as a result, her dramatic performance endows each song with rich color and vocal subtlety. 

For the last 8 years, Vlada Brofman has been a fixture on the local scene as the lead singer/songwriter of the world music band NoMad Dreams. In 2015, with the help of generous fans on kickstarter, NoMad Dreams released their self-titled debut album (recorded by Sean McLaughlin and Benny Grotto, and mastered by Jeff Lipton). Two years later, Vlada returns to Club Passim with a solo album, recorded in New York by Alexander Gerasimovich (studio Doubleur-II).

In Innermost, Vlada digs deeply into her Russian heritage, bringing us some profound singer-songwriter tunes along with poems by Russia’s exceptional Silver Age poets set to music by several composers. Alexander Alabin, a multi-talented pianist and guitarist from NY, wrote the arrangements and recorded many of the album’s tracks. Together with Andrey Matlin (bass, flute, keys), they create a limpid, intimate, and scintillating music, from which, through Vlada’s protean voice and performance, emerges a cast of lively and touching characters.

Vlada’s spectacular interpretation and the genre- and period-appropriate arrangements connect us to different layers and moments of Russian culture. The album has certainly arisen from the traditional singer-songwriter genre and culture, but, buoyed by the acting and musical mastery of the performance, the songs here rise to a rare height, where each word and sound are deliberate and ineluctable. The concert will also include songs in English (originals, jazz), French chanson, and a few world music hits. 




Please note that the seating chart has recently been updated, so be sure you are purchasing the seats you want.  If you do not purchase all seats at your table, other patrons may be seated with you.  Your ticket reserves you a place at the table you select but not a specific location at that table.  There is no food or beverage minimum.  All tickets are non-refundable.

$20 / 18
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