Mini-tour up in the north…

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.

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Playing solo at Tallinn Music Week

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!

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Time of Orchestras

Seems that lately my music has attracted some collective spirit. Lately I’ve been involved with three different orchestra projects, in February, I’m expecting to be part of two of them.

On 20th February  takes place a concert “Meie kodu -Eesti” devoted to Estonian Republic 96th anniversary in Tallinn Nokia concert hall, where I sing together with Estonian Police- and Boarder Guard Orchestra. The conception of the concert is to perform the music of peoples living in Estonia, so beside my songs in Estonian and Võru there is Svjata Vatra representing Ukrainians in Estonia, jazz singer Sofia Rubina representing Jewish culture, a band named Atlas playing for the Armenians, Denise Fontorura (Estonia-Brazil) and James Werts (Estonia-USA). In my song “Arrival of the Night” joins in a 96-member choir. Sounds big!

Shortly after this, I’m invited to be a guest artist with Estonian Folk Orchestra’s CD presentation concert in Tartu with 33 young folk musicians. EFO is a dynamic mixture of different and unthinkable instruments and personalities. All musicians share their interest in traditional music playing and singing, melting the old melodies into modern versatile music.

And finally! In December came out a beautiful winter record by Youth Orchestra Reaalmažoor called “Lumevalgus” (“The Light of Snow”) featuring many artists and singers from Estonia such as Riho Sibul, Tõnis Mägi, Kärt Johanson, Mari Pokinen. Here is the interpretation of my song “Puhas lumi” (“Pure Snow”) from the CD for listening:

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“Vilu öö” on Japanese acoustic music compilation album

In the end of 2013 came news from Japan – track “Vilu öö” (“Chilly Night”) was included on a compilation album “Windfall light” released by record label Nature Bliss. The song has found a place next to legendary English singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan‘s beautiful track “Feet of Clay”. ”Vilu öö” was originally released on Kalkun’s second solo album.

Subtitled “A Collection of Small Gathering Music”, the album consists of acoustic music from various artists from many continents such as Hemamiina,Très Tigres TristesFrida Hyvönen and Iron & Wine. The record is sold in Asia only.

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Harvest at Estonian Ethno Music Awards 2013

Well, this turns out to be a fruitful autumn…  I have just received Estonian Ethno Music Award 2013 in Best Singer category. Estonian Traditional Music Center together with Radio 2 announced the annual ethno-music awards on October 11th. Winners were decided by public online voting. The prize – a big  wooden “ethnoscoop” (etnokulp) – was awarded in five categories: best album, best band, best singer, best instrumentalist and best song. Music from the South-Eastern corner of Estonia (where I consider myself belonging also) got the most votes – three of the prizes went to popular ethno-rock band Zetod. The self-built fantasy-instruments master Silver Sepp got the recognition as Best Instrumentalist.

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