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Muchnik's Picks: Zemfira, Artemiev and More Music in Moscow on the Weekend

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The forecast says this weekend there will be a bit of a thaw, so enjoy this respite from the harsh Moscow winter and use this time to go to some of the gigs we picked for you.

Artemiev is a solo project of Pavel Artemiev, a former member of the popular boyband Korni, winner of the Fabrika Zvezd (Star Factory), the Russian version of American Idol. Artemiev left his boyband days behind and is now known for his own blend of indie-pop with thoughtful lyrics and memorable melodies. He recently released an English language EP “Symptom of life.” Entrance to his Thursday concert at Mumy Troll Music Bar will be free.

Zemfira needs no introduction. She is the No. 1 pop-rock artist in Russia. Her long tour “Little Man” is ending, and Friday's concert will be devoted to release of a live album recorded during the tour with all of Zemfira’s greatest hits.

1/2 Orchestra is one of those live jazz bands that can really work up a crowd. It's also one of a few Russian bands that take part in international music festivals - they played at Sziget in Hungary a couple of years ago. Blending traditional jazz with hip hop rhythms, 1/2 Orchestra reaches a perfect balance between danceable and classy. Well-known Moscow rap artists sometimes join them for their live performances, so expect surprises.

Up-and coming singer songwriter Alina Os will perform her final concert in 2016, the year that brought her well-deserved popularity. She plays contemporary jazz with elements of rock, funk and hip-hop. Unlike most Moscow jazz artists, Alina Os performs original material with her own lyrics.

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