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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:
29.05.15  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. Goran Bregovic & his Wedding and Funeral Orchestra was in YotaSpace Club in past year with their "In Champagne for Gypsies" program in support of the self-titled album which has inspired composers across the centuries. An upcoming Moscow concert will be a real crazy Balkan party! Read more
30.05.15  23:59 Shpongle (UK)
One year after Shpongle known also as Hallucinogen will return in YotaSpace club with solo DJ-set accompanied by the hard video show. His last concert in Moscow was dedicated to the Museum of Consciousness album of 2013. Shpongle is an English psychedelic music project formed in 1996. The group includes Simon Posford (aka Hallucinogen) and Raja Ram (one third of The Infinity Project). The duo are considered to be one of the progenitors of the psybient genre - a genre combining world music with psychedelic trance and ambient. Their musical style combines traditional music from all over the globe and vocals with contemporary western synthesizer-based psychedelic music. When asked to describe Shpongle's music, Posford has responded that it is "like nothing you've ever heard before." Shpongle's first track, Vapour Rumours, was released on TIP Records' Infinite Excursions compilation in 1996. Their debut album, Are You Shpongled?, was released in 1998 on Twisted Records. Posford is generally responsible for the synthesizers, studio work, and live instrumentation while Raja Ram contributes broad musical concepts and flute arrangements. Raja Ram stated in an interview that "Shpongle" is an umbrella term for feeling positive and euphoric emotions. Shpongle's music is heavily influenced by psychedelic experiences and frequently makes use of sonic textures that approximate psychedelic states as well as vocal samples relating to consciousness expansion, hallucinations, and altered states of awareness. Read more
28.05.15-07.06.15 Beat Film Festival 2015
The 6th Beat Film Festival will take place in Moscow from 28 May to 7 June 2015. In this year the festival will feature music documentaries and a one full-length film about William Burroughs and a last film by American classic Albert Maysles. The festival 2015 is organised with the support of Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation. The festival will take place at some venues: Formula Kino Horizon cinema hall, Documentary Movie Center and Open Museon Park. The programme includes Russian premieres of international movie fastivals' hits, films about music phenomenons, youth subcultures and cult figures of generations whose names are contemporary pop-culture. The main event of the festival will be a premiere of "Burroughs: The Movie" (1983) by Howard Brookner. The film explores the life and times of controversial Naked Lunch author William S. Burroughs, with an intimacy never before seen and never repeated. It's the first and only feature-length documentary to be made with and about Burroughs. The film was restored and reissued by Aaron Brookner, the nephew of the director who will come in Moscow with the support of USA Embassy and present the movie personally. Among films about music will be a hit of the last Berlinale, "B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin" by producer and director Klaus Maeck, the ally of Fatih Akin and producer of such his works as "Soul Kitchen" and "Auf der anderen Seite". The film tells about music, art and chaos in the wild West-Berlin of the 1980 where Nick Cave, Tilda Swinton, Blixa Bargeld have lived. Klaus Maeck will visit the festival in Moscow with the support of Goethe Institute in Moscow. The British program of the Beat Festival will be presented with the support of British Soviet. Its headliners are "Orion: The Man Who Would Be King" by Jeanie Finlay about a double of Elvis Presley and "The Possibilities Are Endless" about Edwyn Collins, a Scottish musician, producer and record label owner, widely known for his 1994 song "A Girl Like You". Besides main program the festival includes two another sections: "Welcome to New-York" and "diy xxi". The films will be demonstrated on English with Russian subtitles. Read more
Formula Kino Horizon 
12.06.15  20:00 Roisin Murphy (UK)
Dublin-born singer Roisin Murphy moved from Ireland to Manchester, England, with her family when she was 12, and remained there even after her parents returned to Dublin four years later. On her own at 16, Murphy had no aspirations of singing until she met producer Mark Brydon, with whom she formed the eclectic electronic pop duo Moloko. The pair's stylish-yet-quirky sound scored them several hits, including "Sing It Back," "The Time Is Now," and "Fun for Me." By the time of Moloko's fourth album, 2002's Statues, Murphy and Brydon's personal and professional relationships were strained, and after completing the tour supporting that album, they broke up. Murphy moved to London and began working with forward-thinking electronic producer Matthew Herbert, who had previously worked on a remix of "Sing It Back" with Moloko. He encouraged Murphy to bring typically non-musical items like notebooks into the studio and use them in musical ways; the results were first released as three limited-edition vinyl EPs, Sequins #1, Sequins #2, and Sequins #3. In 2005, Moloko's label, Echo, released the EPs as the full-length album Ruby Blue. In spring 2006, Ruby Blue was released in the U.S. Overpowered, which featured productions by Bugz in the Attic and Groove Armada members and some of Murphy's most pop-oriented songs to date, arrived in late 2007. Read more
14.06.15  20:00 Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds (UK)
As the lead guitarist, main songwriter, and occasional vocalist for Oasis, Noel Gallagher played a tremendous role in shaping British rock music during the 1990s and beyond. He was the brains behind the group's biggest hits, which drew equally from the riff-heavy guitar heroics of the Who and the smart, melodic pop hooks of the Beatles. Although Oasis maintained a near-permanent place in the tabloids - thanks in large part to Noel's public battles with his younger brother, Liam, as well as the wild lifestyles that both siblings led -Noel's songwriting helped maintain the band's position in the charts, too, with more than 20 songs reaching the Top Ten in England. Tensions within the group eventually reached a boiling point in August 2009, prompting Noel to leave Oasis and launch a new project, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. Having left Oasis the previous year after a typically turbulent, backstage row with brother Liam at Manchester's Heaton Park, the eldest Gallagher sibling's first official foray into a "solo" career took off in 2010 with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, featuring the talents of Gallagher, former Oasis keyboard player Mike Rowe, Lemon Trees drummer Jeremy Stacey, and percussionist Lenny Castro. Cut from the same arena-sized, melodic Brit-pop cloth as the band he helped bring to prominence in the early '90s, The High Flying Birds released their debut single, "If I Had a Gun," in August 2011, followed by an eponymous, full-length debut in mid-October. It reached number one in the U.K., also performing well across the globe. In 2014, the single "In the Heat of the Moment" preceded the release of The High Flying Birds' second album, Chasing Yesterday. Chasing Yesterday, echoes Oasis' second album, (What's the Story) Morning Glory? - a conscious move from a rocker who's never minded trading in memories of the past. He may be evoking his Brit-pop heyday - "Lock All the Doors" surges with the cadences of "Morning Glory" even as it interpolates David Essex's "Rock On" - but it amounts to no more than a wink because Gallagher knows he's two decades older and perhaps a little wiser as well. Certainly, Chasing Yesterday is the work of a musician very comfortable with his craft. Like the first album from High Flying Birds - a largely anonymous group of pros who make no attempt to steal the spotlight from their leader - it moves deliberately, never rushing and rarely rocking, preferring to find pleasure in majesty instead of hedonism. Read more
19.06.15  17:00 Park Live 2015: Muse (UK), Incubus (USA), Triggerfinger (Belgium)
Park Live is an event that combines music, art, fun, sunshine, fresh air, a great audience, and a positive atmosphere. Park Live is a festival for people of all ages and people with different tastes in music. The festival takes place in Moscow on June 19th at the "Otkritie Arena" stadium ("Spartak"). The participants of the Park Live will be the really famous foreign bands: Muse (UK), Incubus (USA) and Triggerfinger (Belgium). The two last ones will come in Russia for the first time. Park Live will be an inspirational and entertaining festival, that encompasses all components of the successful summer event. In 2015 Park Live will last only one day but the first time there will be an afterparty of Park Live in Green Theater of Gorky Park with the participation of Norwegian electro band Royksopp. Read more
Otkritie Arena 
20.06.15-21.06.15  14:00 Usadba Jazz - 2015
An annual open-air festival "Usadba Jazz - 2015", the most eminent jazz festival in Russia, will hold on June 20-21, at the Tsaritsyno Estate Museum in Moscow. It will be the twelve time Moscow sees this festival, and this time "Usadba Jazz" is turning international with world jazz stars from France, USA, Norway, Denmark, Israel, Australia, Estonia. Among of them: Tony Allen (France) as a headliner of the festival with his project "Life on Film", Jones Family Singers (USA), Daniel Herskedal (Norway), Hiatus Kaiyote (Australia), Omer Avital (Israel), Trad. Attack (Estonia), Rocqawali (Pakistan-Denmark) and others. Russia will be presented by Nino Katamadze & Insight (Georgia), Billy's Band, Diana Arbenina, Therr Maitz, Megapolis, Sergey Mazaev Ensemble, Hibla Gerzmava and Daniel Kramer Trio and many others. Traditional and experimental jazz, funk, rock, electronic, independent music, and also an exhibition of art-objects, a space for poetic readings, sport and children games, food market and a lot of other entertainments, green lawns, soft June sun - this is what "Usadba Jazz", the largest and most modern jazz festival in Russia. Visitors may expect premiers, exclusive projects, bright traditions and excellent mood of the wonderful musicians and gorgeous public. Some conceptual stages are separated by styles and genres. "Parter", a spontaneous and multi-style stage, encompasses a variety of music from jazz-rock to world music. "Aristocrat", a slightly more sophisticated and exquisite stage, features classics, jazz standards and contemporary jazz. "Indicator" is the stage for independent musicians from all over the world. Read more
Tsaritsyno Estate Museum 
23.06.15  20:00 alt-j (UK)
English indie rockers alt-J, named for the delta symbol that appears when pressing "Alt" and "J" on a Mac keyboard, first formed in 2008 under the moniker FILMS. The quartet members, all of whom met at Leeds University, spent two years rehearsing before inking a deal with Infectious Records in 2011. Their signature blend of layered, folk-inflected dub-pop and soaring alternative rock was first heard on the 2012 singles "Matilda" and "Fitzpleasure" with the group's full-length studio debut, An Awesome Wave, arriving later that year. The album would eventually go on to earn the prestigious Mercury Prize, alongside three Brit Award nominations. They soon became mainstays on the U.K. and European festival circuit expanding outward with tours in the U.S. and Australia as well. Read more
Crocus City Hall 
27.06.15  17:00 Ahmad Tea Music Festival: The Libertines (UK)
In 2015 Ahmad Tea Music Festival is also to be held in an open venue, perfect for summer events - the Museon Park of Arts. Sponsored by the popular brand of English tea, the Ahmad festival is a wonderful open-air evening of great British music in a beautiful city center park. The headliners of this year festival will be the British bands The Libertines, The Wombats and East India Youth. The Libertines joined the pop fray of 2002, competing with the likes of the Strokes, Hives, Vines, and Doves with their debut single, "What a Waster." The Bernard Butler-produced track entered the U.K.'s Top 40 in June, leaving NME to crown the Libertines as the best new band in Britain. The double-A-side song "I Get Along" earned Single of the Week on BBC Radio 1. The London-based band, who inked a deal with Rough Trade in December 2001, featured Carl Barât (guitar/vocals), Pete Doherty (guitar/vocals), John Hassall (bass), and Gary Powell (drums). Up the Bracket was released stateside in March 2003 while the single Time for Heroes gained momentum on the U.K. charts. In 2009 Barât and Powell reunited with Pete Doherty for a Libertines reunion at a tribute show for promoter Johnny Sedassy at the London Rhythm Factory, and a year later the full band reunited for gigs at the Leeds and Reading festivals. Most excitingly for Libertines fans, the group's sold-out 2014 shows at London's Hyde Park and Alexandra Palace led the band to work on another album that was due in 2015. The anniversary Ahmad Tea Music Festival will held with previous motto: "There is no life without tea and music" and change its format. Ahmad Tea Literature Summer will present the first experience of the British literature festival in Russia. So Ahmad Tea Music Festival 2015 will be an excellent performance of the summer season. Read more
15.07.15  20:00 Kasabian (UK)
Kasabian is an English rock band formed in Leicester in 1997. The band's original members were vocalist Tom Meighan, guitarist and backing vocalist Sergio Pizzorno, and bassist Chris Edwards. The band's line-up was completed by Jay Mehler in 2006, replacing guitarist Christopher Karloff, and drummer Ian Matthews in 2004 after a string of session drummers. Kasabian has released four studio albums - Kasabian (2004), Empire (2006), West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum (2009), and Velociraptor! (2011). The band's music has been described as a mix between The Stone Roses and Primal Scream with the swagger of Oasis. Their music has won them several awards and recognition in the media, and their live performances are generally lauded. In last year Kasabian was a headliner of Russia's brand spanking new SVOY Subbotnik Festival, an open air festival in Moscow's Gorky Park. Kasabian's performance was a culmination of the festival. This summer the band will be more powerful, more load, more charismatic! 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 
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