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VIDEO: Björk interviews Arvo Pärt

In 1997, the Icelandic singer-songwriter, Björk, interviewed the Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, for a BBC documentary called “Modern Minimalists”; Estonian World reshares the short interview. In 1997, at the peak of her global fame, the Icelandic artist, Björk, made an appearance on a short BBC documentary called “Modern Minimalists”, which includes …

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An exhibition is exploring Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s journey as an artist

The Laulasmaa, Estonia-based Arvo Pärt Centre runs an exhibition that presents the thoughts recorded in the maestro’s diaries. On 1 July, the Arvo Pärt Centre opened the exhibition, “When you seek from almost nothing”, that for the first time presents the thoughts recorded in Arvo Pärt’s diaries to a wider …

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Gallery: The Estonian Song Celebration 2019

Estonia’s cherished Song Celebration that in 2019 celebrated its 150th anniversary, took place from 6-7 July 2019 in the country’s capital, Tallinn; Estonian World brings you some of the emotional moments from the celebration’s parade and the choral performances.* The Estonian Song Celebration is a unique event, which every five years …

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The Baltic Bubble – 15 unique places to visit in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

The Baltic states reopened their internal borders on 15 May and now allow their citizens, residents and other people who legally reside in these countries to travel around in the so-called Baltic Bubble without having to submit themselves to a 14-day self-isolation; Estonian World has compiled a list of 15 …

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Cyrillus Kreek’s music released internationally by ECM

ECM, the Munich, Germany-based record label known in Estonia for helping highlight Arvo Pärt’s music for the global audience back in the 1980s, has released an album by Cyrillus Kreek – an Estonian composer internationally virtually unknown until now. “The Suspended Harp of Babel” was recorded in Tallinn’s Transfiguration Church in August …

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Robot Koch joins forces with Kristjan Järvi in Estonia to create music about our future

The German producer, Robot Koch, worked with the Estonian conductor, Kristjan Järvi, to orchestrate parts of his newest album, “The Next Billion Years”; the album that was partly recorded in Estonia, draws inspiration from everything from Jacques-Yves Cousteau to spirituality.  The German composer and producer Robot Koch has always been fascinated …

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The late Estonian composer Veljo Tormis to be honoured with a virtual centre

Veljo Tormis, one of the most important Estonian choral composers, would have turned 90 this year; to celebrate the anniversary, a new namesake virtual centre will be opened in August 2020. “The 90th anniversary of the birth of the great contemporary choral composer, Veljo Tormis, will be celebrated worldwide with …

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Lepo Sumera – a restless creative mind and an extraordinary human being

Märt-Matis Lill, a composer and the chairman of the Estonian Composers’ Union, writes on the 70th anniversary of the birth of Lepo Sumera, one of the most influential composers in post-war Estonia, about his old mentor’s restlessness, warmth and work. This article is published in collaboration with the Estonian embassy …

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A youth exchange programme brings together 30 youngsters with an Estonian background

The annual youth exchange programme, “Back to our roots”, aims to bring together 30 youngsters with an Estonian background, 20 from abroad and 10 from Estonia, with the aim of introducing the Estonian language and culture to the participants. This year, there will be two exchanges, one from 21 September …

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The West Coast Estonian Days to take place near Seattle in July 2021

The next West Coast Estonian Days are due to take place in Suquamish, WA, near Seattle, from 16-18 July 2021; the festival of singing, dancing and reconnecting has been held since 1953. The 2021 West Coast Estonian Days will be held at the Suquamish Clearwater Resort and Casino, located on …

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