For the second year running, the Selector Pro forum offered Muscovites a fascinating insight into the latest trends in the music industry, guided by leading experts from the UK.
The programme was held at the Strelka Bar and Institute, one of the edgiest and beardiest (is that a word?) places in Moscow and was well attended by local crowds. Since the UK has one of the largest music industries in the world, the programme was a fantastic way to promote positive relations in business and cultural realms.
This year, the forum opened on Thursday 21st of July with a panel discussion ‘How to Talk about Music’ followed by an evening screening of “The Man from Mo’Wax”, a documentary film tracing the extraordinary life and career of underground DJ icon, music producer and global trip hop mogul, James Lavelle.
Friday’s action packed schedule included a lecture by John Robb on the history of the uniquely British musical genre of Punk, as well as panel discussions and a music management workshop hosted by Daniel Tsu of the London BIMM music institute.
The highlight of the day was certainly the launch of Mix The City, and interactive music video platform that allows users across the world to create interpretations of cultural capitals. I have to say, it is super fun and a little addictive, be sure to check it out here: https://www.mixthecity.com
Saturday’s programme included more panel discussions, as well as a lecture by Simon Reynolds based around his book Retromania, which, among many other questions, explored the idea that ‘everything is in remix’.
The forum closed with the outstanding Selector Live Party, headlined by Actress and the London Contemporary Orchestra performing Momentum, a piece inspired by laser geodynamics earth satellites (move over unrequited love!).
The Selector Pro forum was a fantastically positive experience and just one of a whole series of great cultural events organised here in Moscow by the British Council, creating a crucial cultural dialogue at a time of immense political and economic pressure. The Year of Language and Literature and #ShakespeareLives project have been marked across the city, with exhibitions at the airport and the unveiling of a very popular interactive Shakespeare train on the Moscow Metro
Showing great British expertise and talent to an eager Russian audience couldn’t have come at a better time. As the man himself would say, although I’m uncertain if he ever applied it to UK Russian relations, ‘if music be the food of love, play on...'. We look forward to Selector Pro 2017.
All images from British Council by Дмитрий Смирнов