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III International Festival of Actual Classics re:Formers Fest in Zaryadye Park

1 October 2021
A performance by the founders of the festival with works by Steve Reich, Michael Nyman, Nikola Resanovich and many others, a concert of South Indian carnatic music from the genre gurus B C Manjunath and Varijashree Venugopal, as well as free master classes by festival participants from France, USA, Canada and India.

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Photo: Habanera Saxophone Quartet (France)

This year re:Formers Fest will take place at different venues in Moscow and St. Petersburg, and Zaryadye Park will become one of the central venues. On October 2, the festival will open with a concert in Media Center: the founders of the festival, saxophonist Vitaly Vatulya and pianist Maria Nemtsova, and their like-minded colleagues violist Sergei Poltavsky, violinists Roman Mints and Ilya Movchan will perform in the hall. They will perform works by V.A. Mozart, L. Turner, B. Filanovsky, P. Karmanov, D. Rukens, N. Resanovich, M. Naiman, S. Reich, D. Tabakova and other contemporary Western and Russian composers.
Beginning at 20:00. Tickets:

On October 5, a concert of South Indian carnatic music from B C Manjunath and Varijashree Venugopal will take place in Media Center. Musicians perform in the best halls in the world, collaborate with prominent orchestras and musicians of our time. Artists are in constant creative search and dialogue with Western European music and contemporary composers. The concert of B C Manjunath and Varijashree Venugopal will be held with the participation of Ilya Movchan (violin), Vitaly Vatulya (saxophone) and Maria Nemtsova (piano).
Beginning at 20:00. Tickets:

“We are very glad that despite all the difficulties of the present time, the festival in 2021 will take place. In July, after two transfers of the festival, together with the Union of Composers of Russia, we made a creative laboratory for composers Re:Formers LAB. The music of the winner of this project, Lev Turner, will be presented at the opening concert of the festival. We are also looking forward to the arrival of B C Manjunath, the best performer of carnatic music in the world – we are sure that he will open up completely new horizons for the Russian public. This year, despite tough restrictions and a pandemic, we managed to put together a really unusual and interesting international program,” says the organizer of the festival, pianist Maria Nemtsova.

As part of re:Formers Fest, four free master classes will be held:

October 3: master class by Habanera Saxophone Quartet (France)
The saxophonists from the French quartet Habanera are tireless seekers, experimenters who regularly visit the unexplored territories of musical art. They take part in the most unexpected projects and amaze with an incredibly variegated repertoire, which includes original compositions written for a saxophone quartet, numerous transcriptions, as well as ethnic and improvisational music.

October 5: Contemporary dance workshop by choreographer and artist Jonah Bokaer (USA)
Jonah Bokaer has been working as a choreographer and acting dancer since 2002. He created about 60 works in various areas in art: dance, video, visual arts, interactive installations, films. Bokaer's work has been featured in venues around the world and has taken part in many festivals. The choreographer's work has also been featured at the Guggenheim Museum, MoMA and New Museum in New York. He founded Chez Buschwick in 2002 and co-founded the Center for Performance Research in 2008 with John Jaspers. Bokaer has collaborated with other artists including Lynda Benglis, Anne Carson, Merce Cunningham, Robert Gober, Anthony McCall, Tino Segal, Lee Ufan (2011 Guggenheim Retrospective) and Robert Wilson. As a choreographer for Robert Wilson, he has directed six operas, including Faust (Polish National Opera), Aida (Rome Opera House) and On the Beach (Baryshnikov Center for the Arts). Since 2007, Bokaer has collaborated with Daniel Arsham, collaborating on nine works.

October 8: Connakol workshop from B C Manjunath and Varijashree Venugopal (India)
B C Manjunath is a composer, innovator, discoverer of many unique rhythmic cycles. Varijashree Venugopal is a composer, improviser, singer and flutist, one of the most sought-after Indian musicians. She performs all over the world, collaborating with musicians such as Bobby McFerrin, Louise Banks and many others.

October 10: Workshop "Modern Vocal Techniques" by Elizabeth Hetherington (Canada)
Elizabeth Hetherington is an outstanding performer and interpreter of old and modern vocal repertoire. Critics have noted her “fearless and powerful personality, as well as impeccable technique and breathtaking presentation” (NRC, 2020), “virtuoso grace, varied dynamics and subtle colors <…> lyrical, somewhat fragile timbre” (Place de l'Opera Magazine, 2020). She has recorded many works in the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and Estonia. In addition to a vibrant performing career, Elizabeth pays great attention to her research into the original pronunciation of Elizabethan English. She teaches master classes at conservatories in the Netherlands and has also acted as a lecturer at the Utrecht Oude Muziek Festival.

International Festival of Actual Classics re: Formers Fest has existed since 2017. The festival aims to introduce viewers to unique cross-cultural phenomena, unusual interpretations and combinations of various art forms, which contributes to the development of the classical music genre.

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