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Culture news, 21.10.2005 12:27

Chernov’s choice

clubs_moloko Moloko, a leading local underground club that is closing at its current location, will say goodbye with concerts by popular bands Tequilajazzz (Friday) and Markscheider Kunst (Saturday).

Sunday will be an all-day farewell party. The club will open at 11 a.m. to hold a table football tournament in the afternoon and a concert by dub band Samosad Bend. Entrance is free.

Two international prog-rock giants will perform in the city this week. The Tony Levin Band was formed by the legendary bass player Tony Levin. Levin, who released three solo albums and one as the Tony Levin Band, is better known as member of King Crimson and Peter Gabriel’s band. His playing can be also heard on many classic albums, including Lou Reed’s “Berlin” (1973), Paul Simon’s “Still Crazy After All These Years” (1975), John Lennon’s “Double Fantasy” (1980), Tom Waits’ “Rain Dogs” (1985), Brian Ferry’s “Boys and Girls” (1985) and David Bowie’s “Heathen” (2002).

The Tony Levin Band concert is part of the so-called “King Crimson Festival,” a series of British prog-rock related events launched by Moscow promoter Alexander Cheparukhin after he brought King Crimson to Russia in July 2003. The previous three concerts were by the duo TU consisting of the band’s members Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelotto in April 2004, Bill Bruford Earthworks in May 2004 and Quodia, a project from Gunn and Joe Mendelson, in October 2004.

The Tony Levin Band perform at the Center for Contemporary Art (formerly Priboi film theater) on Friday.

Also due is the comeback tour of Van der Graaf Generator, the seminal prog-rock band from the 1960s and 1970s, which reformed earlier this year. Van der Graaf Generator will play at the Music Hall on Tuesday. See interview with founding member Peter Hammill, page iv.

Trendy bar Datscha resumes its “Datscha Goes Reeperbahn” series of parties this week. The idea of bringing DJs from Hamburg came from Anna-Christin Albers, the bar’s owner, who hails from the German city.

This week’s Hamburg DJ is Merten Kaatz, founder of one of the first soul clubs in Hamburg, The Shelter Club. Kaatz will play a set of soul, R&B, funk, ska, garage on 45 rpm vinyl records, on Friday.

J.D. and the Blenders’ all-night event at Platforma on Friday will be also herald the launch of the first Russian-language web site fully devoted to soul music. A concert by the soul-funk band will be followed by DJs Year Show and Soul Boss.

Also this week sees a memorial concert for the recently deceased local punk singer Alex Ogoltely of Narodnoye Opolcheniye at Manhattan on Wednesday, Japan’s Klezmer/improv band Komatcha Klezmer performing at Platforma on Thursday, and a concert by commercial gypsy folk from Goran Bregovich and his Wedding and Funeral Band at the Oktyabrsky Concert Hall on Thursday.

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