“Om laul” performed at the XII Youth Song Celebration

Music gives wings and makes me feel gratitude and inspiration. My song “Om laul” (“Own song”) was performed at the XII Youth Song Celebration in Estonia on Sunday 2nd of July in Tallinn. Arranged by Andres Lemba and conducted by young conducter Mai Simson, “Om laul” was sang by 36 young female choirs and altogether over thousand brave singers. Here are a few shots from this beautiful day, captured by Estonian daily Postimees.

The song celebrations are important part of Estonian culture, carrying strong choir traditions and joy of singing together. Song celebrations played a big role during the Singing Revolution in the end of the 1980s. Altogether this year´s Youth Song Celebration brought together 26 000 singers and musicians.

Photos: Mihkel Maripuu, Eero Vabamägi © Postimees

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Returning to Japan

I´m excited to return to Japan and announce Mari Kalkun JAPAN TOUR 2016 with 6 concerts in 4 cities – Kagoshima, Nara, Kyoto and Tokyo! I will be playing mostly solo concerts, except for Tokyo where we play as a duo with Maija Kauhanen presenting the record material of “Tii ilo” released and organized by Japanese label Afterhours. At our special evening in Shibuya/Tokyo club 7th Floor we will have a great guest artist Mr. Silla from Iceland. Looking forward to meet all old friends in Japan and gather new ones…! Arigatō, ありがとう to all those involved in organizing and helping to spread info!

12.11 Mono, KAGOSHIMA
2 solo concerts 16:00 & 18:30
Tickets: 2500 yen
15.11 Sonihouse, NARA
Solo concert, opening 18:00, concert 19:00
Tickets: 3000 yen
16.11 Seikosha, KYOTO
Acoustic solo concert in Kyoto independent bookshop,
19:30-21:00 Tickets: 1500 yen
19.11 7th Floor, TOKYO
Duo concert with kantele player Maija Kauhanen (Finland)
Guest artist Mr. Silla (Iceland)
Doors 18:30, start 19:00
Tickets: 3000 / 3500 yen
20.11 Otonomad, TOKYO
Small acoustic duo concert with Maija Kauhanen (FIN)
Doors: 18:30, start 19:00
Maija Kauhanen is a skillful Finnish kantele player, singer and percussionist. She is Mari´s bandmate from Mari Kalkun & Runorun and together as a duo they´ll be presenting their album “Tii ilo” in Tokyo concerts on 19th and 20th November 2016.
Mr. Silla is the solo incarnation of Icelandic artist Sigurlaug Gísladóttir, known also for her work with Múm, Snorri Helgasson, Mice Parade and Low Roar. She will be performing as a guest artist on the show in Shibuya / Tokyo club 7th Floor on 19th November.

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High emotions captured from EBU Folkfest / Viljandi Folk Music Festival 2016

A live concert with Upa-upa trio last week was broadcasted by Estonian Television and European Radios (EBU  Folkfest). The concert at Viljandi Folk Music Festival turned out to be an amazing evening with unforgettably warm reception by the crowd, we are so thankful!!! If you want to be part of it, you can check the broadcast from Estonian Television following THIS LINK (our concert starts on 9:40 after Estonian President’s speech). I post a selection of nice moments on and off the stage captured by Kristiin Elmat, Marie Virta, Kris Süld. Thanks to all who made it happen!


Upa-upa trio mängis eelmisel nädalal Viljandi Folgil kontserdi, mida salvestasid ja kandsid üle nii ETV kui ka Euroopa raadiod (EBU). Teleka, mobiili ja taevakanalite vahendusel saab sellest lingiga SIIN tagantjärgi osa (meie kontserdi algus 9:40 minutil). Oli uskumatu õhtu ja südantsoojendav vastuvõtt, me täname palavalt!!!

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Playing at EBU Folk Festival / ETV Live at Viljandi Folk Music Festival

It’s a honour to play a live concert with Upa-upa trio @ EBU Folkfestival as a part of  Viljandi Folk Music Festival. The show will be broadcasted by Estonian Television ETV and Estonian Classic Radio (Klassikaraadio) and it t will soon be available in various European radios. Besides Upa-upa ubinakõnõ trio Maarja Nuut and Trad. Attack! will perform in the same programme.

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“Tii ilo” German release / “Tii ilo” ilmub Saksamaal

Mari Kalkun & Runorun has just received new print of “Tii ilo” which is being released in Germany!  As a result of collaborations between our home label Rockadillo Records and German label Nordic Notes the record will be very soon be available also in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and UK. Nordic Notes is a German record company focused on new exciting music from Scandinavia. The album released will be followed by Mari Kalkun & Runorun tour in Germany in spring 2017. Looking forward!

Äsja saabus plaadipresside vahelt bändi MARI KALKUN & RUNORUN albumi «Tii ilo» teine trükk, mis on juba varem näinud valgust nii Eesti, Soome kui Jaapani plaadipoodide riiulitelt. Käesolevaga aga tähistavad muusikud ning neid esindav Soome plaadifirma Rockadillo Records seda, et nende võro-, vadja- ja liivikeelne muusika on jõudnud ka Saksamaale.

Plaadi uus trükk ilmub kahasse maineka Rockadillo Records’i ja Nordic Notes’i vahel ning «Tii ilo» müügipiirkonda lisanduvad uue väljaandmisega Saksamaa, Austria, Šveits ning Suurbritannia. Nordic Notes annab välja Põhjamaade põnevat uut muusikat. 2017. aasta kevadel ootab Mari Kalkun & Runoruni ees Saksamaa kontserttuur.

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