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Moscow's cultural scene is famously enormous and varied - but where to start? Our arts-savvy editorial team trawl what's on offer, to bring you our selection of Culture Picks for your leisure time. Current and upcoming recommendations are:
19.09.14-20.09.14  21:00 Dolphin
Musician known as Dolphin, has long ago established himself as an independent, template-free, universe-scale personality; now it comes axiomatic. His concerts are dreadfully powerful emotional experiences for an audience. He could perform daily and would have full halls. Words, intonations, rhythmical patterns take the proper place - Dolphin never misses the mark. Guitarist Pavel Dodonov adds wild expression to the show and causes chaos in Dolphin's measured music. Dolphin doesn't stop at what has been accomplished: now his performances feature the recent developments in stage lighting, and it is said to look terrific. And video accompaniment has stepped even further - it is comprised of works by the young Yekaterinburg-based artist Pavel Laptev. And you know, seeing is believing. Dolphin's incredible live performances earned him love, respect, and acknowledgement of tens of thousands of people, which attend his concerts every year. He was never estimated as any musical type with the generally used term. Though, conditionally, he describes his style as poetry reading, with an edge to an electronic/rock beat. Dolphin is respected by professional writers, and the National Russian Writers Union acknowledges him as one of the most outstanding modern poets. As an artists he is sincere to the innermost of his heart, and it leaves no-one cold. In 2000 Dolphin was awarded with one of the most prestigious Russian awards "Triumph" for his contribution to the national music culture. After saturated concert schedule in summer months (Cubana, Kazantip festivals and others) Dolphin will come back in Russian capital with two concerts and two different programs - acoustics and electric. Don't miss! Read more
Sixteen Tons 
17.09.14-28.09.14 American Film Festival 2014
American Film Festival in Moscow was initiated in 2006 by a group of Americans and Russians in order to showcase new and classic American films, which otherwise would not be widely distributed in Russia. American Film Festival 2014 features 12 films by famous and critically acclaimed directors including a retrospective program of the director, writer, producer and actor Wes Anderson, Academy Award nominee for his "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox". The program of 2014 will present interesting male and female roles of outstanding artists and of course debutantes. The viewers will see original experiments, as well as proven authors' statements. The festival program will include feature films with the participations of such populas actors and actresses as Oscar laureate Colin Firth, Golden Globe Award nominee Emma Stone, Academy Award and BAFTA Award laureate Susan Sarandon, Academy Award nominee Robert Downey Jr., Academy Award, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild Award and Emmy Award laureate Robert Duvall, and also Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Anjelica Huston, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller. The films will be shown in English with Russian subtitles. Read more
Formula Kino Horizon 
22.10.14  20:00 Lenny Kravitz (USA)
Lenny Kravitz is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor and arranger, whose "retro" style incorporates elements of rock, soul, R&B, funk, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, folk and ballads. In addition to singing lead and backing vocals, Kravitz often plays all the guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and percussion himself when recording. He is known for his elaborate stage performances and music videos. He won the Grammy Award for "Best Male Rock Vocal Performance" four years in a row from 1999 to 2002, breaking the record for most losses in that category and most consecutive wins in one category for a male. He has been nominated for and won other awards, including American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Radio Music Awards, BRIT Awards. On December 2011, Kravitz was made an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters at a ceremony in Paris. Kravitz's albums regularly chart in upper reaches of the country's top 100, his latest album peaking at number seven - much higher than it managed in either the US or UK. Called Black and White America, the record tackles inter-racial issues - in particular those faced by his black mother and white father in 1960s New York. Lenny Kravitz's concert in Moscow will open the European part of his world tour in support of the musician's tenth album Strut (2014). The three-years-in-the-making album was was released through his own Roxie Records imprint. He has signed a worldwide agreement with Kobalt Label Services to release and promote the album. Read more
Crocus City Hall 
03.11.14  20:00 GusGus (Iceland)
A band from Reykjavik, Iceland founded in 1995. Several lineup changes have occurred, and their current incarnation consists of 3 members (President Bongo, Earth and Biggi Veira). Their music is eclectic, and although primarily classified with techno, trip-hop and house music, they have experimented with numerous other styles. They have also remixed several famous artists, including Bjork, Depeche Mode, Moloko, and Sigur Ros. Added to this they released a song called Desire with Ian Brown in January 2004. Their last album Arabian Horse was released in 2011. GusGus retrace their original influences and have created a dance pop album that equally resonates a forgotten period of early '90's dance pop (think The Beloved), classic house music and urban soul a la Massive Attack. But make no mistake, Arabian Horse does not sound like pure retro in any way. It's deeply rooted in the sound of today backed by one of the most state-of-the-art quality productions Kompakt has released to date. What GusGus have created is a European crossover record that takes in pop, house and techno; a record of hooks to fill not only the clubs, but also your own head. Following best seller Arabian Horse, Birgir Thorarinsson, Daniel Agust, Hogni Egilsson and Stephan Stephensen released their third full-length album Mexico via Kompakt in 2014, where they leaved no stone unturned on their journey to sonic bliss, delving ever deeper into timeless melodies with every subsequent track and stepping further into the future of anthemic pop music. Mexico is a fresh look at how the club electronic music may sound today. Read more
GlavClub 
07.11.14  20:30 One Republic (USA)
Featuring the anthemic songwriting of Ryan Tedder, OneRepublic rose to prominence in 2007, when "Apologize" began its reign as the most popular digital download in American history. Although the song proved to be a quick success, OneRepublic had spent five years touring the musical minor leagues before its release, with Tedder splitting his time between the band's work and production gigs for other artists. Tedder and Zach Filkins formed the band in 2002 and relocated to Los Angeles shortly thereafter, adding keyboardist Drew Brown, bassist/cellist Brent Kutzle, and drummer Eddie Fisher to the lineup in the process. Nevertheless, OneRepublic's popularity continued to soar on MySpace, and Tedder helped raise the group's profile by penning songs for artists like Blake Lewis and Hilary Duff. Hip-hop producer Timbaland took notice of the group's audience and signed OneRepublic to his own Mosley Music Group, a joint venture with Interscope Records. Timbaland also remixed one of the group's most promising tracks, "Apologize," and included it on his own album, 2007's Timbaland Presents Shock Value. The song quickly became a platinum-selling single in many countries, breaking airplay records in the U.K. and selling an unprecedented 4.3 million digital downloads in America alone. Read more
Stadium Live 
17.11.14  20:00 Sarah Brightman (UK)
International singing superstar, Sarah Brightman is the world's biggest selling Soprano. She pioneered the classical crossover music movement and is famed for possessing a vocal range of over 3 octaves. Sarah is the only artist to have simultaneously topped the Billboard dance and classical music charts. Her voice has rung out from theatres, arenas, cathedrals, world heritage centers and Olympic stadiums, bringing to life some of the world's most beautiful music. Sarah's work transcends any specific musical genre, synthesizing many influences and inspirations into a unique sound and vision. Today, she remains among the world's most prominent performers, with global sales of 30 million units having received more than 180 gold and platinum awards in over 40 countries. On September 26, 2012, Sarah released the first track "Angel" from her highly anticipated new album, "Dreamchaser" to be released in April, 2013. Brightman will also begin her "Dreamchaser" World Tour, which will touch upon 5 continents and include over 100 concert dates, kicking off in China in June, 2013. For Brightman, Dreamchaser is the realization of a lifelong journey that began when she was a little girl growing up in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England, dreaming of spectacular, unknowable things. Dreamchaser is Brightman's first collaboration with the producer Mike Hedges (U2, Dido, the Cure), who was deeply impressed by her precision and the scope of her vision. Read more
Crocus City Hall 
21.11.14  20:00 Roxette (Sweden)
Roxette is Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle, and their game is pop. They entered the cosmic consciousness with The Look in 1989, followed up with the multiple-platinum album Joyride in 1991, and have been on top of the charts somewhere in the world ever since. The constant flow of hit singles and albums have resulted in staggering record sales (55 million albums and 20 million singles) and world tours too big to mention. For almost a decade Roxette was off the world music scene, mainly due to the vocalist's serious illness. But today things have changed radically - in the beginning of 2011 the Swedish band released a new album Charm School and set off on a large-scale tour. Roxette were one of the biggest global pop acts of the '90s, selling over 75 million records around the world and dominating the charts with songs like "The Look," "Listen to Your Heart," "Joyride," and "It Must Have Been Love," all four of which hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Hailing from Halmstad, Sweden, Roxette are a duo featuring vocalist Marie Fredriksson and songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Per Gessle. Fredriksson and Gessle first met in the late '70s, when she was a member of the pop combo Strul & Ma Mas Barn and he played with Gyllene Tider, one of Sweden's biggest groups of the late '70s and early '80s. As Roxette, they cut a single in 1986, "Neverending Love," which was a major hit in Sweden, and a number of songs Fredriksson and Gessle had earmarked for her third solo album became the basis of the first proper Roxette album, Pearls of Passion. On April 23, 2014 Roxette officially announced that they are ready to embark on yet another world tour this year. It has been two years since one of Scandinavia's biggest pop exports ever ended their sensational comeback World Tour 2011-2012. A tour that took them around the Globe twice, playing for 1.5 million people in 46 countries on 6 continents! And now it's time for Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle to bring their string of much loved hits to the world once again. Read more
Crocus City Hall 
21.11.14  20:00 Goran Bregovic and The Wedding and Funeral Band (Serbia)
With a lively ensemble that includes a 4-piece classical string orchestra, a 6-man choir, and two Bulgarian female vocalists, Goran Bregovic & his Wedding and Funeral Orchestra are perhaps the largest, most diverse and most irresistible world music group to hit the world's stage. A household name in his native Balkans for more than three decades as a film composer and rock musician, Bregovic has been broadening his appeal around the world with his ecstatic, eclectic and charismatic style of gypsy dance music. The Spanish paper El Pais described the group as "one of the most beautiful symphonies of Old World Europe... [Bregovic] creates the most breath-taking music on this continent - intense, vigorous, colorful, passionate, exotic, fascinating." Goran Bregovic's album of 2012 Champagne for Gypsies is in reaction to the extreme pressure that Gypsies (Roma) have been experiencing lately across Europe (expelled from France and Italy, houses burned in Hungary, beaten in Serbia). This album is meant to remind us of our favorite gypsy musicians, who left their mark on popular culture around the world. Formally Goran Bregovic & his Wedding and Funeral Orchestra are in their "In Champagne for Gypsies" tour now in support of the album which has inspired composers across the centuries but the Moscow concert has the same expressive new title "Crazy Balkan Party". Read more
GlavClub 
11.12.14  20:00 Einsturzende Neubauten (Germany)
Along with Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle, Germany's Einsturzende Neubauten ("collapsing new buildings") helped pioneer industrial music with an avant-garde mix of white-noise guitar drones, vocals verging on the unlistenable at times, and a clanging, rhythmic din produced by a percussion section consisting of construction materials, power tools, and various metal objects. Einstürzende Neubauten were founded by vocalist/guitarist Blixa Bargeld and percussionist/American expatriate N.U. Unruh in Berlin as a performance art collective; their early activities included a seemingly inexplicable half-naked appearance on the Berlin Autobahn, where the duo spent some time beating on the sides of a hole in an overpass. A concert held on April 1st, 1980 at the legendary Berlin club Moon is regarded as the official birth of the Einsturzende Neubauten. An anniversary celebration that took place on April 1st, 2010 at the celebrated Berlin club Tresor clearly expressed that the Einsturzende Neubauten are still among the living even after 30 years of the most intensive music ecstasy. The following outline showing the eventful existence of a lively band indicates why that should not be taken for granted. Einsturzende Neubauten are in studio in the present moment working on an exceptional new album Lament which will be performed in Germany, Holand, Italy and, of course, Russia in current and next years. The title composition of the album was inspired by testimonies of prisoners of war dating from a century ago. Two of the oldest musical forms - the lament and the motet - have also been assimilated into the composition, along with the music of the "Harlem Hell Fighters", the first Afro-American combat troop, who were assigned by the US to the French High Command in World War I. Read more
GlavClub 
06.09.14-10.01.15  10:00 Our Body: The Universe Within
Our Body: The Universe Within gives you insight to the inside! Get a true look at the inner workings of the extraordinary human body. This incredible exhibition has been educating and fascinating people the world over! Don't miss it when Our Body: The Universe Within comes to Moscow Vetoshny Art-Center. Our Body: The Universe Within is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the perpetually inquisitive to explore the wonders of the human body. A beautiful and inspiring tribute to who we are. This extraordinary exhibition was designed to educate, enlighten, and allow all who attend to understand the complexities of pur body. Visitors to Our Body: The Universe Within will journey through a fascinating tour of the human body as a whole, then taken through each of the bodies systems to see first hand how each functions and relates to one another. Our Body: The Universe Within exhibit does contain actual human bodies, with eyes and genitals intact. There is also a section about the urinary and reproductive system, with specimens pertaining to those areas. The exhibit is recommended for children age 12 and older. Parental discretion is advised. Read more
Afimall City 
 
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