Auditions are over now for performers seeking to take part in the Music in the Metro project. Two hundred soloists and groups were selected from among more than 1,000 candidates. They will start performing at 15 venues in the metro in March.
The selected performers will choose a convenient time and place for concerts themselves. They can perform in the metro for one year.
The selection process involved several stages. The Music in the Metro official website received more than 1,000 applications. Applicants ranged from conservatory students to street performers, working in a variety of genres and styles. The experts chose the most interesting performers, and the musicians then went through auditions.
Jury members changed every day and represented a range of styles in the music industry. The experts included participants in the Active Citizen project who voted for expanding Music in the Metro.
The jury assessed the performers’ technique and performance quality. They noted the originality of performances, the use of diverse instruments, from the khang to the vilkophone, powerful vocals and memorable items.
The Music in the Metro pilot project began on 25 May last year. More than 1,200 performances in different styles have taken place since then. This is Russia’s first ever project of its kind on such a scale and is a long-awaited development for many Moscow musicians, who can now perform officially at specially organised venues. For most of the performers, it offers an excellent opportunity to take themselves and their music to the public.
In 2017, along with the existing venues at Mayakovskaya, Vystavochnaya and Kurskaya metro stations, musicians will perform at Dostoyevskaya, Borovitskaya, Polyanka, Kitai-Gorod (Tagansko-Presnenskaya Line), Teatralnaya (the connection corridors to Ploshchad Revolyutsii and Okhotny Ryad), Okhotny Ryad (the connection corridor to Teatralnaya), Komsomolskaya (Circle Line, in the connection corridor to Sokolnicheskaya), Taganskaya (Circle Line), the common entrance hall at Pushkinskaya and Tverskaya stations, and Kurskaya (the connection corridors to the Circle Line station and the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line).