On September 9, 2022, a musical documentary “15/4. BG+ live in Troubadour Club” about Boris Grebenshchikov and the band Aquarium will premiere at the Curzon Mayfair cinema.
Exactly 50 years ago, in 1972, Boris Grebenshchikov (BG) created the Aquarium group. In the USSR, musicians led an underground lifestyle, playing in apartments and small club stages, but that didn’t stop them from becoming one of the most famous Soviet and then Russian bands.
On March 2 this year, BG performed an anniversary concert at London’s legendary Troubadour club. It happened just six days after the military invasion of Ukraine, which the musician publicly condemned, leading to the cancellation of his tour of Russia.
“The war between Russia and Ukraine is madness and the people who started it are a shame for Russia,” said Boris Grebenshchikov a few days before the concert. He had long dreamed of performing at the Troubadour but had no idea that the film and concert, planned months before the invasion, would become one of his most publicized anti-war statements.
The recording of this concert, as well as a frank conversation between BG and the members of the Aquarium on music and war with Mikhail Kozyrev, the journalist of TV Rain (recognized as a foreign agent in Russia), were included in the film. The documentary was directed by Ilya Permyakov (“Edification”, “Dau”).
Language: the film is in Russian with English subtitles.