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Sounds good

A new club concentrates on the quality of music

Published: March 7, 2008 (Issue # 1354)



  • Musician Svetlana Surganova has opened a new music venue called A2.
    Photo: a2

Svetlana Surganova, frontwoman of rock band Surganova i Orkestr, has opened a club orientated toward live music this week. Launched with a concert by the Minsk, Belarus-based cabaret act Serebryanaya Svadba and the Moscow-based pop-rock band Undervud from Ukraine last Friday, the club called A2 aims to showcase some of the better-known bands and provide an unusually good sound system, Surganova said.

I want a place in the city where totally diverse musicians can show their work, giving pleasure to both themselves and listeners, said Surganova in a recent phone interview.

The accent is on sound quality, for which we installed a state-of-the-art Turbosound system. It is balanced, quite powerful, and has 16-kilowatt sound for a relatively small room that allows us achieve a crystal clear sound.

According to Surganova, the room has also been equipped with fine sound insulation, with the use of Ecophon acoustic materials.

We have put a special emphasis on it. Club managers usually dont pay much attention or put money into this aspect for some reason, at least in St. Petersburg, she said.

The clubs specialty will be live performances, said Surganova, although a late-night program of DJ sets is being formed as well. There is also a jazz concert once a week.

The policy behind the repertoire is musical cosmopolitanism. By that I mean totally diverse genres, an eclectic, musical medley designed to satisfy totally different tastes. Different music lovers enjoy themselves under one roof fans of lounge, ska, jazz, disco, funk or singer-songwriters will all find something interesting.

Surganova said she had the idea of starting a music club due to the lack of places where people can enjoy listening to or performing music.

As a well-traveled musician, first with the band Nochniye Snaipery that she originally co-formed in Magadan before moving to St. Petersburg later, and later with her own band, Surganova i Orkestr, she has had quite an impressive experience of performing at all types of venues.

Conveniently located in the city center, in the pyat uglov area (five corners where Ulitsa Lomonosova and Zagorodny Prospekt intersect), A2 occupies the second floor over a wine bar called Assemblage Actuel shared by the same owners and forming part of the complex hence the name A2.

The building on the corner of Razyezzhaya Ulitsa and Ulitsa Pravdy is a dull concrete 1970s dom byta (public services center), a socialist combination of a laundry, hairdressers, repair shops and other services, now largely turned into offices and shops. The club and the restaurant which have a separate entrance from Razyezzhaya Ulitsa have inherited their premises from a childrens store.

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Wednesday, Oct. 22


English teachers can expect to receive a few useful pointers today from Evgeny Kalashnikov, the British Council regional teacher, during the EFL Seminar this afternoon hosted by the British Book Center. The topic of todays seminar is Grammar Practice.


Young Petersburgers will get the chance to jumpstart their careers at Professional Growth, a job fair and forum featuring more than 40 major Russian and international companies vying for potential candidates for future positions. The forum not only is a chance to network but also to learn more about the modern business world and to understand what it takes to get the job you want.



Thursday, Oct. 23


AmChams Public Relations Committee meeting is scheduled to meet this morning at 9 a.m. in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center.


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Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBAs ongoing Breakfast with the Director series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


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Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the clubs website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit Neophobia at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



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