Good news! Mari Kalkun & Runorun spent a week in the country-studio in Tuhalaane, South of Estonia recording the new album It was a week full of amazing musical moments, amongst nature, having swims between recording sessions in 32-degree summer-weather. Doing some serious studio-work, many songs were shaped in a totally new way in the studio compared to the concerts, so the album will (hopefully) offer surprises even for those who have been present at the concerts. When recording the most fragile and longing song “Morning in Siberia”, out of nowhere a rare butterfly Mourning Cloak arrived to our session as an embassador from some other world telling us that this was the right take.
The album is planned to be released in the beginning of 2015. The album design will consist Tatjana Bergelt’s visuals specially made for Mari Kalkun & Runorun songs. We are negotiating with possible the label and distributer. I’ll keep you posted!
The concert of “Singing revolution” at the folkBALTICA festival turned out something extraordinary. I assume it is not every day that German audience is so kind to sing along in languages they might have never even heard of. Luckily, it didn’t stay inside the defending walls of St. Johannis Monastery but was recorded by German Radio.
The concert together with Laima Jansone (Latvia) and Trys Keturiose (Lithuania) is played in Deutschlandradio culture programme on 16th June 2014 at 20:03. It’s possible to listen live at deutschlandradiokultur.de
Mari Kalkun is giving four solo concerts in Germany and Denmark at the folkBALTICA Festival taking place in May 2014. The 10th jubilee festival brings for the first time together musicians from all ten countries bordering on the Baltic Sea and is this year dedicated to singing. Folk Baltica programme includes Scandinavian top folk groups like virtuous harmonica quartet Sväng from Finland, legendary Väsen from Sweden. The Baltic states are represented by Mari Kalkun from Estonia, Latvian kantele-player Laima Jansone and Trys Keturiouse from Lithuania. They play a concert together at the “Singing Revolution” concert programme in a unique atmosphere of St. Johannis Monastery. 10th May concert is going to be especially interesting – giving a partly improvised show altogether with musicians Karolina Cicha (Poland), Dreamers’ Circus (DK/S/FO), Laima Jansone (Latvia) and Trio Rosenrot (Germany)
More information at http://www.folkbaltica.de/
Next week I have two concerts in Tallinn and nearby. First one on Friday the 25th evening at unique surrounding of old Anija manor. Second one in Tallinn, right in the heart of it – namely at the main square in a venue called Hopner’s house. Tallinn concert is part of concert series “From Another City” where I proudly represent the town of Võru.
I’ve been part of colorful and bubbling Tallinn Music Week many years now. It has become a place to meet new music and friends from previous TMW festivals. I’ve got a compliment this year being selected one of the artists in “5 stars” programme of the festival, thanks!
This time, I’m playing a solo concert at Tallinn Music Week – completely alone on stage with new songs. Concert takes place on Saturday 29th March 10 p.m. in a really cozy venue - NO99 chamber hall. Plus a small acoutic live in Naiiv design-shop on Friday 17.30. Welcome!