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Piotr Mamonov did Mamoning in Moscow City but not in Wyoming

Some call Mamonov a genius, others a ham. Nevertheless his rare performances unmistakably gather plenty of public. One cannot overlook certain vivid sparks of Piotr Mamonovs influence on Russian rock-music; famous Russian musicians do not deny the fact.

The art of this intriguing musician does not consist just in disheveled Oberiut-like lyrics, scanty arrangement, and mad attitudinizing and grimacing on stage (which scare away some music lovers). What is most attractive is first of all the lively image of his stage hero which generally has not changed since the 80s that brought him fame: it seems as if the actor before going on stage vigorously shakes himself in a bottle of some magic potion. Looking and behaving like a village freak Mamonov turns now a shaman bringing you into trance and awakening hidden sensations in you, and then a Gods fool making us laugh at our own faults and weaknesses.

"Piotr Mamonov is a real poet and he has a unique sound - kind of insane sound I don't think you have heard before." - announced Brian Eno in the late 80s and invited Mamonov with his band Zvuki Mu abroad to go on a tour and record an album. Having toured around Britain and America for a couple of years and received accolades of the foreign public and mass media Mamonov suddenly casts off the export-acknowledgement for the sake of modest living. Whatever mentioning of Mamonov one comes across nowadays it is always: Mamonov is living in the country; Mamonov is living in the country. How does he himself reason his present way of life?

I would go to Wyoming but that would not be Mamoning!, - with this incontestable argument of his song Piotr Mamonov started his concert on July 21 in Moscow club Apelsin.

Piotrs single performance was accompanied with a recorded back track of guitar beat with a couple of chords and unearthly hubbub. A wireless mike allowed him performing the famous Mamonov dances. From the very first moment we understood that its going to be an amazing night for sure.

Naturally enough, the reaction of the public was contradictory: mostly the audience expressed utter enjoyment while some part of the spectators (perhaps those attracted by the fashionable name of Mamonov and the popularity of the club) grumbled of discontent. The public was quite diverse, representing various generations and circles; we even saw there a priest, a real one, wearing a long beard and a cassock!

The concert program of Mamonov mainly consisting of two albums: Myshi(Mice) [2002] and Zelyonen'ky(Greeny) [2003] was highly positive. One couldnt but feel the performers most powerful contact with the audience.

By the mood and the way of performing Mamonov reminded me of Blixa Bargield from the Einsturzende Neubauten band. Judging by my perception of the concerts of the two musicians I am sure Blixa and Piotr would be able to create something quite remarkable and harmonious together.

"For a whole night youre sleeping, or not sleeping. Now like this, now like that " is there any sense in looking for a logic in these lines? If you are looking for it you are bound to grumble of discontent. But if you take Mamonov as he is you will rejoice and will surely want to visit his spellbinding concerts again. Or see his inimitable single stage plays. Or watch films with his splendid acting. And want to thank him for the special sensations he stirs up in you.

"Thank you, Moscow! Thank you, Centre!" Mamonov shouted in frenzy in response to the publics applause, with a mocking parody on the obligatory concluding words of pop-stars on stage.

Vera Ivanova and Mikhail Manykin

Our special thanks to PR-manager Anna and club Apelsin for accreditations to the concert.

July 24, 2006 15:29

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