Margulis holds a "kvartirnik" in Brussels

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This was the musician's first experience with Rossotrudnichestvo
On 25 January - on Tatiana's Day - the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Brussels became as Russian as possible. Yevgeny Margulis held his famous "kvartirnik", becoming a kind of "Voice of Russia" in Europe. The musician himself wasn't thinking about this that much; he was much more concerned with how suitable the format was.

"This was my first experience with Rossotrudnichestvo," Margulis said. - I was more concerned about the fact that I do not feel an audience, after all, a flat is not an online format. It requires at least a dozen eyes watching you and reacting somehow. "To substitute it by looking into the eye of the camera is impossible."

"Kvartirnik is an absolutely Russian phenomenon. Margulis himself explained to the live stream from the Russian Centre for Culture and Science. The music on radio and television in Soviet times was completely different. And those who wrote songs "about real life" did fit the format. That is why these chamber concerts were given by people who had big flats. Creative intellectuals gathered there, and it was in such circles that one could hear for the first time artists who later became world famous.

Opening the meeting, the head of the Russian Centre for Science and Culture, Vera Bunina, noted that it was decided to hold it on the eve of Tatiana's Day.

"Why do we celebrate Tatiana's Day? Firstly, it is the end of a long series of New Year holidays. January 25 is a good date to draw a line, to make a finale with a great concert. January 25th is also Student's Day in Russia. Not everyone in Europe knows about this tradition," Bunina said.

Another guest star at the online quartet in Brussels was Vadim Glusker, a journalist and European columnist for NTV.

"Perhaps we will continue to work with Rossotrudnichestvo," Yevgeny Margulis said in his blitz interview after the event. - If the conditions offered are adequate, why not? One thing I've understood for sure is that flats aren't an online thing. Does this mean that we can expect him to make an appearance with a guitar in one of Russia's cultural centres? The famous artist did not specify.

Photo at home: ntv.ru