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Gary Takes The Golem for A Walk in Moscow and St. Petersburg

Russian Rolling Stone, Aug. 2005
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Gary just returned from a week's tour in Russia (his 4th appearance there, from July 20-27th) where he performed his original solo guitar score accompanying screenings of the 1920 silent horror film classic "The Golem" in spacious and beautiful theaters in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. While there he was interviewed and performed on the national tv program "Good Morning Russia" before an audience of 50 million viewers, and was profiled and photographed for the Russian edition of Rolling Stone, Time Out Saint Petersburg, the English Language newspaper The Saint Petersburg Times and many other Russian culture and music magazines.

Time Out St. Petersburg, July 2005
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On his first night in Moscow Gary sat in with avant-guitarist and former SKIF director Alexei Pliousnine at Moscow's B2 club in a reunion of Alexei's band The Lolitas as part of an ongoing Moscow rock festival, and he jammed with Alexei and the drummer from famed Russian rock group Aquarium at an incendiary solo, duo and trio gig at the intimate underground Club Moloko in Saint Petersburg. His 2 Golem shows were extremely well attended and promoted, and Gary thoroughly enjoyed playing in the well appointed 35MM Theater in Moscow and the historic art deco cinema palace Dom Kino in Saint Petersburg.

The St. Petersburg Times, July 22, 2005
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After his Moscow show he treated delighted fans who remained to an impromptu solo acoustic concert on his National steel guitar to the wee hours of the morning in the lounge of the 35MM Gary has performed with The Golem in over 16 countries around the world since debuting the work with co-composer/keyboardist Walter Horn in 1989 at the BAM Next Wave Festival, from the Venice Biennale to the old Yiddish theater turned music club called the Roxy in Prague (home of the Golem) to the Noga Theater in Tel Aviv—but these Russian performances stand out as incredibly special and among Gary's best ever.

page from a Russian entertainment guide, July 2005
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Gary loves performing in Russia, and the excited reaction of the fans who attended his performances made for some of his most inspired improvisational playing ever. Thanks to Andrey Borisov and Exotica Music for making the dream a reality.

Read a review of Gary's Russian concerts here.