Adam Garrie

Adam Garrie writes passionately about topics ranging from politics and history to art and music. He is currently engaged in various artistic business ventures.

Neeme Järvi and modern orchestral traditions

When one looks back on the career of the still highly active Estonian conductor Neeme Järvi, one can see the model for the 21st century international conductor, something distinct from previous generations of maestros.* What makes this aspect of Järvi’s career so interesting is that Järvi’s artistic temperament is well suited …

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Intimately Estonian: Maarja Nuut captures London’s musical imagination

Review: Estonian fiddler and singer Maarja Nuut wows London with her mix of contemporary sounds and Estonian traditions. Musical minimalism has become something of a catch-all phrase, generally used to describe the mostly American and British composers who emerged in the second half of the twentieth century. Their works are known …

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Mirjam Siim’s London debut: an international Estonian artist on the rise

Estonian contemporary artist Mirjam Siim’s solo exhibition, River of Life, opens in London on 18 July. It is her debut exhibition in Britain and follows her receiving first place in the Ashurst Prize for emerging artists. In her series of paintings and drawings, Siim alludes to the topographic river as …

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Adam Garrie: Nordic by Nordic East: Estonia’s regional identity

In terms of both historical accuracy and political strategy, more and more Estonians are turning to the concept of a Nordic political identity. Shaking the toxic “Eastern European” label could only be politically beneficial to Estonia. National identity has always been and always will be a controversial subject, but what …

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Maestro Paavo Järvi talks Paris, Estonia, Russia and music with Estonian World

On the eve of conducting the opening concerts of the new Philharmonie de Paris, Maestro Paavo Järvi found time to speak to Estonian World about the new hall in Paris, as well as Estonia, Russia, and music. As Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris, one of the main resident …

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Tõnu Õnnepalu’s book “Radio” goes live in English

Estonian writer Tõnu Õnnepalu’s Raadio was original published in Estonia in 2002, but this year Dalkey Archive Press has released Adam Cullen’s English translation of the novel. The book deals with universal human problems, including questions of isolation and identity, while also confronting more specific challenges of how to come …

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Concert review: Across genres and nations – the Estonian TV girls’ choir perform with the British soul and jazz vocalist Ola Onabule in London

As part of the London Southbank Centre choral festival, on 6 April the Estonian TV girls’ choir; a leading Estonian saxophonist, Villu Veski; and the British-Nigerian soul and jazz singer-songwriter, Ola Onabule, performed together for the first time in the UK. With the house lights still up, the Estonian TV …

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