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ST. PETERSBURG, November 23 (Itar-Tass) — Different kinds of the electronic audiovisual art – experimental and dance music, installations and performances will be presented at the sixth international multimedia festival Electro-Mechanica, which opens in St. Petersburg on Friday. Like all the previous ones, the event will be held at the Sergei Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Centre on the Vasilyevsky Island. During two days and nights the visitors will be able to see performance of the most interesting representatives of electronic music, many of whom will perform in St. Petersburg and in Russia for the first time.
During the Year of Germany in Russia the German program appears to be particularly rich and varied. The band Kreidler, which has come to Russia for the first time, will present its new album “Den” that was released by Bureau B. Sound-recording firm this autumn. It is one of the bands of German electronic post-rock of the 1990's and neo-Krautrock music. Over 18 years of its existence the band has released eleven full-length albums, gave over three hundred concerts in Europe, Asia and North America.
Another interesting project is presented by Rostov sound artist Eduard Srapionov. His homemade musical instruments are constantly subjected to upgrading and have no analogues in the world. The author creates a strange sound metaphysics, which is similar both to the astral trance and ethnic shamanism. He is perceived as a one-man band, a bio-robot, occult priest and industrial alchemist.
ADMI – a creative union of musicians and artists playing on children’s instruments is another festival participant. Their compositions are music and noise landscapes guided by the strict internal drama. The group’s art has not only the sound, but also the visual dimension.
These are just a few participants in the big musical show, which will take place at the Centre’s several stages at a time during which the musicians will have live communication with the audience. The festival is organised with support of the city’s Committee on Culture, the German Goethe Cultural Centre, the Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Polish Institute in St. Petersburg and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute (Warsaw).