Alive Corner – a touch of the Moscow underground
We are not going to tell you about the uniqueness and beauty of the Moscow Underground (Metro). What we will describe is the most lo-fi underground and multi-traditional club in one of the most expensive metropolises in the world.
In Russian, the name of the club sounds like Zhivoi Ugolok, which means a special room in school where future botanists and zoologists spend all their leisure time after lessons - or probably it means the cozy space which lets you live and makes you feel alive. The club is situated in an underground area behind a Soviet-style gray building. There is no billboard or any supporting directions, so it’s rather hard to find, especially in the dark.
The place is not simply a club, but a cultural center of different world traditions. Event repertoire includes literary soirees of famous Moscow poets, lectures on themes such as Japanese culture, exhibitions of famous photo-painters, concerts of Medieval Music, Tuva and Buryatia (ethnic music with guttural singing), concerts from underground stars such as Germany’s Candy Hank, Canada’s Les Poule, Damo Suzuki from the famous band Can, Afro-beat bands from Congo and free-jazz sax improvisators, evenings of animation and cinema with live music accompaniment, etc…
The cozy 5-room club (with small corridors and old sofas and smoking art-people) strives to include all the variety of a multi-cultural world in its most interesting and non-formal manifestations. You can play table-hockey, ping-pong or Russian billiards with the big white balls and the small pockets, so that it is very hard to pocket a ball.
The bar offers cheap drinks and some starters; a kitchen is in the works as well. Among some interesting upcoming events are concerts from SKIF international festival participants, music from the Karelian ethnic group Va-Ta-Ga and Afro-beat from Congo Compatriotes.
Come and see.