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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Romantic

Singer Vladimir Voronov thinks it's time for a bit of romance.

"It's happening all round the world. People are tired of hard techno music, of crazy rhythms and noisiness. I think soon there'll be a revival of romance in the music world."

Reading poems to the accompaniment of music, Voronov has brought an unusual kind of performance to the Moscow club scene.

"It's new for Russians now, but nevertheless I am sure that it will be accepted. In Russia in the last century, when people got together at someone's house, it looked like a real concert. Everyone listened to a performer who read his poems to the accompaniment of a piano. Probably, Pushkin was doing this quite often. Why not revive it?"

Voronov will be reading Jean Janier's poem "Condemned" in Russian to the accompaniment of the bar piano at the club Mesto Vstrechi, where he is art director.

"Condemned" will be a novelty for a Russian audience, Voronov says.

"Janier was able to create the image of a man's nature as keen and sensitive, in some respects more sensitive than that of a woman. Janier focused on the weak and tender strings of a man's soul."

Vladimir Voronov's performance will start at approximately 8 p.m. at Mesto Vstrechi, 9/8 Maly Gnezdnikovsky Pereulok. Tel. 229-2373. Metro: Pushkinskaya.

- Maxim Ognev