Mari Kalkun is a musician, singer and a composer relying on her Southern Estonian roots. The songs are largely her own compositions, inspired by nature, Estonian poetry and folk music. Many of the lyrics are written by local poets carrying the feeling of rural life, the forests, the landscape. The flowing sound of Estonian language and its dialects create a meditative atmosphere in her music intertwined with the traditional singing – regilaul - and folkore.…
“Ilmamõtsan” has an ancient, timeless quality to it that is difficult to imitate and downright impossible to replicate. Combining folk traditions with innovative songwriting, Mari Kalkun is one of the most forward-looking folk artists today.
Ilmamõtsan is an exquisite, heartfelt album. Language is no barrier to being won over by its particular magic.
Mari shares her personal and intimate stories in a soft, yet compelling voice, singing of the power or the soul and nature. She has a warm and sunny disposition. And warmth is something that we never have quite enough at this latititude.