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Russian Fashion Week

Congress Hall at Moscow Centre of
International Trade
March 28 – April 4
12, Krasnopresnenskaya Embankment
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pring is here, and a Week of Fashion opens in Moscow. This year, Russian Fashion Week is hosted by the Centre of International Trade. The organizers; like those of its counterparts in Milano, London and Madrid, receive many requests from international fashion designers for participation. But every Fashion Week is focused on mainly local designers to highlight “national trends;” that is why there will be displays by ARNGOLDT, Arsenicum, Anastasia Z, Anna Direchina, Biryukov, Cyrille Gassiline, Chari, Chistova & Endourova, Mainaim, Masha Kravtsova, LO, Personage, Poustovit, Tegin, Serguei Teplov, VIVA VOX, Leonid Alexeev, Olga Brovkina, Yulia Dalakyan, Elena Suprun and other Russian designers. Russian Fashion Week maintains close relations with Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, and there will be various master-classes and forums featuring Italian guests – designers and producers during the week.

Oto Bula Vesna. Ukrainian Folk Groups Fleur and Okean Elzy in Moscow

Members of the Ukranian Fleur group live in Odessa, composing their beautifully- woven music from the winds and waves of the Black Sea. Their songs are melodic and thoughtful. They have now released five CDs, the first of which: Prikosnovenie (Touch) was recorded by a French record company, and some time later released in Ukraine and Russia where their songs reached the top of the local hit parade in 2005. The band is made up of eight people; six of whom are girls: Olga Pulatova (piano, vocals), Elena Voynarovskaya (guitar,vocals), Ekaterina Kotelnikova (keyboards), Alexey Tkachevsky (drums), Vitaly Didyk (contrabass), Alexandra Didyk (cello), Anastasia Kuzmina (voilin), Alla Luzhetskaya (flute). Another band from this part of the world which is not so well known as Fleur, but also excellent, is Okean Elzy. Formed in Lviv (Ukraine) in 1994, their style could be described as urban rock. In 1996, when they first participated in national rock festivals, their fame began to spread outside of Lviv. They shot to fame after their debut album “There Where We Are Not” was released in 1998. The album was dedicated to Lviv; their home town from which they had been long absent. Their success is due to an unusual combination of fine guitar music and authentic and colorful Ukrainian melodies. Their international career began in 2006 when they made an impression on the Russian audience at the Maxidrom rock festival. Though the texts of their songs are in Ukrainian, their tenderness and emotions do not leave music fans indifferent. Concerts in London were an important new stage in their career. In recent years, the group has been refining their style to become one of the most stylish bands not only in Ukraine but Russia where they are sincerely loved.

March 7, 21:00, B1 Maximum

Okean Elzy
March 28, 21:00, B1 Maximum

II International Organ Music Festival “Organ Plus”

Moscow House of Music
March 13–20
Svetlanovsky Hall

he organ is one of the oldest musical instruments in western musical tradition. Many contemporary listeners don’t understand what mastery it takes to play this instrument well. Here is an opportunity to see live organ performances at the second international festival of organ music held at the International House of Music. Violins or even folk music are used as accompaniment. Both Russian and foreign organists will be taking part: Anastasia Sidelnikova, having graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in piano and organ, continued her musical education abroad and eventually at a contest in Calgary in 1994 was recognized as being one of the seven best organists of her generation. Sidelnikova is a polished organ soloist but she performs well as an accompanist to singers as well. She will perform together with Konstantin Khristov and Lilia Erokhina, winner of the all-Russian Bella Voce contest. An organ and violin duet The Gough Duo from England will be performing both Barocco and specially composed modern pieces. Is there anything in common between Bach and Swiss folk music? Gunnar Idenstam offers a reply to this question, and his answer flies in the face of academic canons. Gunnar uses the Swiss violin as a compliment to organ music. His gaudy performance is going to be the finale of the festival.

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