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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:
03.08.15-09.08.15 International Quilt Festival in Suzdal
Russian Quilters Association, with the support of the mayor of Suzdal, the Governor of Vladimir region, and the Vladimir-Suzdal Museum-Reserve presents international Quilt Festival, which will be held on August 3-9, 2015 in Suzdal. The Festival will bring together quilters and their works from all over Russia and other countries. For the first time 12 unique exhibitions will be collected once in one single event. The Spaso-Evfimiev Monastery with the support of the Vladimir-Suzdal Museum-Reserve will host the exhibition of vintage fabrics from the Russian Museum of Ivanovo Chintz, the exhibition of antique quilts of XIX century from America with the support of Moda Fabrics, and the exhibition of quilts for the art project The Quilted Field. The Festival also presents the exhibition of contemporary patchworks from Japan. Ms. Yoko Sayito will visit the festival as the Guest of Honor of the Festival, who is the real world legend of patchwork, and is widely known throughout the world. The Festival presents several exhibitions closely associated with Russian traditions of patchwork. At the Cultural center of Suzdal we bring together authentic objects and interiors of the Soviet era, including patchwork and stitched fabrics exclusively from the Soviet period. "Nostalgia for Chintz or Fabrics born in the USSR" is the exhibition, which will celebrate the importance and beauty of calico and linen fabrics from the time of the Soviet Union. The project will also resent the exhibition of fabrics and installations from the richest private collection of Tamara Sanchez, a well-known artist, designer, master and teacher. Also in the local library will be held three exhibitions about textile dolls. The first exhibition present dolls made for the contest of our Festival, and the rest two exhibitions will talk about the traditions of crafts in Russia and get acquainted with primitive dolls from a magnificent collection of Tatiana Bassova, a recognized expert of the Russian traditional textile dolls. Among the activities of the Festival there are an exhibition of photographs "The World Made of Patches", an exhibition of works of children's patchwork clubs from across the country, an exhibition of Yakut masters, quilted scarecrows, installation of a quilted tents, an exhibition of quilted bags and an exhibition "The Magic Birds" dedicated to the symbol of the Festival - a magic bird from Russian medieval legends. Russian participants of the Festival will compete for the prize for Best patchwork of Russia in the largest and most prestigious competition "The Soul of Russia", the main prize with the support of well-known American manufacturer of fabrics Moda Fabrics will be a trip for two to the largest quilt Festival in the world in Houston in October this year. Works of participants will be presented at the largest exhibition of the Festival. The Festival is held in one of the major historical and tourist centers of Russia - the ancient town of Suzdal (220 km from Moscow) cultural space in the saturated Russian Middle Ages. Within one week of the Festival, the guests will get acquainted with the scenic beauty of Suzdal, which remained unchanged since the XIX century as a city-museum under the open sky. Read more
11.08.15  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. In Moscow GusGus are coming with special summer concert. Read more
25.09.15  20:00 Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra (Serbia)
No Smoking was a punk-infused band established in Sarajevo, in 1980, under the Serbo-Croatian moniker "Zabranjeno Pusenje." Lead singer and songwriter Dr. Nelle Karajlic was a bit of a thorn in the side of the post-Tito government in Yugoslavia. The band's debut album "Das ist Walter" (1984), sold surprisingly well, and spawned the hit "Zenica Blues," which boasted sales of 100000. But the ruling forces weren't about to let Zabranjeno Pusenje repeat that success, hence a crackdown prevented widespread album sales and concerts appearances from taking place. At that time, filmmaker and punker Emir Kusturica joined the band as their bass player and stayed long enough to record "Pozdrav iz Zemlje Safari" in 1987. In 1994 young musicians, including Kusturica's son Stribor Kusturica (drums) joined the band and soon they released a war victims' dedication "Ja Nisam Odavle" (1997). Besides using No Smoking's compositions in the films (Black Cat White Cat, 1998), Emir Kusturica re-joined the band, this time as a guitarist. In 2000, the newly titled Emir Kusturica & the No Smoking Orchestra released "Unza Unza Tim." "Unza" refers to the unique amalgamation of sounds comprising their repertoire. The number of countries where they performed increased rapidly and their performances became more explosive. And after more than 500 concerts in 30 countries (Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Israel, Latin America) Emir Kusturica and the No Smoking Orchestra planed a new project Time of the Gypsies: Punk Opera in 2007. The Best of Emir Kusturica and The No Smoking Orchestra album was appeared in 2009. And the musicians play such the best songs at their concerts around the world in some last years and always make glad their fans by new compositions and covers. Read more
09.10.15-10.10.15  20:00 The Prodigy (UK)
The Prodigy navigated the high wire, balancing artistic merit and mainstream visibility with more flair than any electronica act of the 1990s. Ably defeating the image-unconscious attitude of most electronic artists in favor of a focus on nominal frontman Keith Flint, the group crossed over to the mainstream of pop music with an incendiary live experience that approximated the original atmosphere of the British rave scene even while leaning uncomfortably close to arena rock showmanship and punk theatrics. True, Flint's spiky hairstyle and numerous piercings often made for better advertising, but it was producer Liam Howlett whose studio wizardry launched The Prodigy to the top of the charts, spinning a web of hard-hitting breakbeat techno with king-sized hooks and unmissable samples. Early in 2015 the group announced its sixth studio album, The Day Is My Enemy. Preceded by the single "Nasty," the album featured guest appearances from Sleaford Mods and Flux Pavilion. Read more
Stadium Live 
15.10.15  20:00 Jonny Greenwood & The London Contemporary Orchestra (UK)
In October 2015 Radiohead guitarist and acclaimed composer Jonny Greenwood will hold a concert with the London Contemporary Orchestra at YotaSpace club in Moscow. Greenwood will perform new music, selections from his film scores (including, most recently, Inherent Vice), as well as songs by other musicans selected in tandem with the orchestra. For example the concert will feature cues from "There Will Be Blood", "Norwegian Wood" and "The Master" alongside new and recent material by Greenwood, and works by Steve Reich, Purcell, J.S. Bach and Edmund Finnis. Greenwood's show with the London Contemporary Orchestra will differ from typical classical music performances in several ways. Instead of sitting in assigned seats, members of the audience were free to move about the space of the club as they wished and can participate in the performance. In an interview with journalist Chris Woolfrey for Boiler Room, Greenwood said about his concert with London Contemporary Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in Manchester, England, in November 2014: "I felt really high afterwards. Lots of things just seemed to work. Not necessarily the pieces, but the idea of playing them like that. What was good - all these little four or five minutes pieces, and all this faffing around in between, it allowed the audience to talk to each other. There are things that people don't like, and I find it really interesting that you can have that sort of reaction straight away, with certain things not going down well." Although most people's initial musical exposure to Jonny Greenwood came via his hugely distorted guitar crunches on Radiohead's breakthrough single "Creep," Greenwood (not to be confused with his older brother/bass-playing bandmate Colin Greenwood) could be more appropriately described as Radiohead's jack-of-all-trades - a multi-instrumentalist who is as comfortable playing xylophone, sampler, or keyboards (to name just a few) as his uniquely angular guitar lines. Along with Thom Yorke's inimitable vocals, Jonny Greenwood's wide array of unconventional sonic textures helped to define Radiohead's distinctive sound and push the boundaries of their music into unusual and decidedly non-rock directions. Read more
24.10.15  20:30 Fall Out Boy (USA)
Fall Out Boy rose to the forefront of emo pop in the mid-2000s, selling more than four million albums thanks to the band's tabloid-grabbing bassist, able-voiced frontman, and handful of Top 40 hits. The group's four members first came together in suburban Wilmette, a bedroom community just 14 miles north of Chicago, around 2001. Vocalist/guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist/lyricist Pete Wentz, drummer Andrew Hurley, and guitarist Joe Trohman had all taken part in various bands connected to Chicago's underground hardcore scene. Most notably, Hurley drummed for Racetraitor, the furiously political metalcore outfit whose brief output was both a rallying point and sticking point within the hardcore community. As Fall Out Boy, the quartet used the unbridled intensity of hardcore as a foundation for melody-drenched pop-punk, with a heavy debt to the emo scene. They debuted with a self-released demo in 2001, following it up in May 2002 with a split LP (issued on the Uprising label) that also featured Project Rocket, for which Hurley also drummed. Their break-out album, the ambitious From Under the Cork Tree, followed in spring 2005, quickly reaching the Top Ten of Billboard's album chart and spawning two Top Ten hits with "Sugar We're Going Down" and the furiously upbeat "Dance, Dance." The album went double platinum and earned the musicians a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Fall Out Boy's underground star status - driven by the especially extroverted Wentz, who also gained exposure with his clothing line, his Decaydance record label (an imprint of Fueled by Ramen), and eventually a celebrity relationship with Ashlee Simpson - had boiled over into the mainstream. They toured extensively, supporting the album with international tours, arena shows, TRL visits, late-night television gigs, and music award shows. Infinity on High, whose title was taken from a line in one of Van Gogh's personal letters, appeared in early February 2007, spearheaded by the hit single "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race." The album continued Fall Out Boy's streak, debuting at number one on the Billboard charts and going platinum one month later. In February 2013 the band confirmed that the rumors were true: they had reunited for a new album called Save Rock & Roll and an accompanying tour. Save Rock & Roll was released in April of 2013, preceded by the single "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)." In late 2014, Fall Out Boy premiered a new single, "Centuries," the first glimpse of their sixth album, 2015's American Beauty/American Psycho. Produced in part by J.R. Rotem and SebastiAn, it combined Fall Out Boy's core punk-pop sound with elements of electronica, R&B, and hip-hop. Read more
Stadium Live 
09.12.15  19:00 Bring Me the Horizon (UK)
Fronted by a tattooed clothing designer and influenced by death metal, grindcore, and emo, Bring Me the Horizon aren't the average deathcore band. The group was formed in 2004 from the ashes of several Sheffield-based outfits, with the 2003 Disney film Pirates of the Caribbean serving as the inspiration for the band's name. Singer Oliver Sykes, guitarists Lee Malia and Curtis Ward, bassist Matt Kean, and drummer Matt Nicholls initially established their own label, Thirty Days of Night, to release their debut EP, 2005's This Is What the Edge of Your Seat Was Made For. Upon signing to the higher-profile label Visible Noise (whose roster also included Bullet for My Valentine and Lostprophets), they reissued the EP to a wider audience. Bring Me the Horizon's full-length debut, Count Your Blessings, appeared in October 2006, with an American release following one year later courtesy of Epitaph Records. With their second album, Suicide Season, Bring Me the Horizon moved in a more accessible direction and wound up cracking the U.K. album charts. Not everyone approved of the new sound, though, and Ward left the band in early 2009. His temporary replacement was Jona Weinhofen, formerly a member of I Killed the Prom Queen. Weinhofen ended up staying with the band as a permanent member, and the group returned to the studio with producer Fredrik Nordström in March 2010 to begin work on a third album. The resulting There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It, There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret was released during the latter half of 2010, several months after the band wrapped up its engagement with the Warped Tour. A fourth album, the more atmospheric Sempiternal, arrived on Epitaph in 2013. Read more
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