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5 St. Petersburg Bands You Should Know
March 28, 2016

5 St. Petersburg Bands You Should Know

By Elena Bobrova

St. Petersburg (or Leningrad) has always occupied a special place in the world of Russian music. Famous for its rich classical traditions, especially at the Mariinsky Theater, in the second part of the twentieth century St. Petersburg became the epicenter of underground and experimental music.

Siberian Punk
May 01, 2015

Siberian Punk

By Vladimir Kozlov

Who knew? The heart of Siberia, a place best known for its severe winters, was the birthplace of one of the most original, raw rock movements ever to hit the USSR.

The Age of Aquarium
September 01, 2012

The Age of Aquarium

By Lada Bakal

For 40 years, Boris Grebenshchikov and Aquarium have made music like no other band in Russia, combining poetry and beautiful, often quizzical instrumentals into a charming sound that is at once entirely unique and entirely Russian.

Alexander Scriabin
January 01, 2012

Alexander Scriabin

By Tamara Eidelman

A short consideration of the life and work of Alexander Scriabin, born on Jan. 6, 1872, a composer whose life was cut tragically short, but who nonetheless set the stage for much that was to come.

Russian Strings
May 01, 2011

Russian Strings

By Ilya Ovchinnikov

As a festival in Moscow brings together virtuoso guitarists from across Europe, the traditional Russian seven-stringed form of the instrument is enjoying a renaissance… in America.

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