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:
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 Hem, amiina,Très Tigres Tristes, Frida Hyvönen and Iron & Wine. The record is sold in Asia only.
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.
This is the cover of autumn “Muusika” magazine, inside long interview made by Lauri Sommer. One of the most cozier interviews ever made with me. As Lauri is a writer and a poet, he always puts a spice of story-telling in his writings.
September has come beautifully and peacefully. I have nestled in my old hometown Tartu, in a wooden house district. After all these journeys and making so much “tii ilo” (beauty of the road), it feels great to stay still and just observe what is happening in neighbourhood and nature. Also, I’m setting in a home studio.
More to come soon!
Runorun band is playing next week at Viljandi Folk Music Festival – the biggest festival in Estonia in the genre. Our concerts are taking place on July 26th late evening in Jaani Church and July 28th afternoon amongst the old Viljandi Castle ruins at Kaevumäe. We are very excited! Thanks to Norden fund, we can have rehearsal session before the festival to keep developing the concert programme.
Meanwhile, we’ve put up also new videos from concerts, selected songs are available to see in VIMEO. Here’s Kiigelaul / Swing High: