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Rock Summer 25 brings a sense of nostalgia to Tallinn

Three years before the Soviet Union collapsed, a rock festival took place in Tallinn, Estonia. It wasn’t an ordinary festival — the Rock Summer or “Glasnost Rock”, as it was known in 1988, was at the time the most international rock festival ever to take place behind the Iron Curtain. Initiated …

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Review: Paavo Järvi and Philharmonia Orchestra at London’s Royal Festival Hall

Last week, Paavo Järvi conducted at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Järvi brought London a wonderful night of music, which included works by a living composer, a composer of the high classical period, and a high romanticist – and yet the entire evening was a seamless musical statement delivered by one of Estonia’s …

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A Canadian in the Tartu University Academic Women’s Choir

A Canadian-Estonian Krista Kais-Prial writes about her experience in the University of Tartu’s Academic Women’s Choir in Estonia. The first time I saw the Tartu University Academic Women’s Choir performing live was last summer in Toronto. The concert was lovely – the repertoire was beautiful, the ladies in the choir …

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Artist in focus: in conversation with singer-songwriter Hedvig Hanson (video)

Hedvig Hanson (38) is an Estonian jazz singer. All her songs prominently feature expressions of emotion and closeness to nature. Hedvig got her first musical impressions from her mother, who listened soul and R&B music at home (Earth, Wind And Fire, Randy Crawford, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder etc.). According to her …

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Sydney Opera House interviews Arvo Pärt in Tallinn (video interview)

Sydney Opera House recently devoted a special event in honour of one of the most revered composers of our time, known for his minimalist style and self-invented soundscape, tintinnabuli. “The Composers 2013: Arvo Pärt”, was a celebration of Arvo’s work by the Sydney Youth Orchestra, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, …

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Estonian folk costume stripes on Australian Aboriginal art

What do the world’s oldest continually living cultures, i.e. those of the Australian indigenous people and Estonians, have in common? At first glance not much, but at a closer look at their respective cultural history, we can surprisingly find many similarities. Although the recorded Aboriginal history traces back at least 50,000 years and the Estonian one …

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Tuhala Witch’s Well and ancient Estonian mythology

Tuhala Witches’ Well, located at the 3,000 years old settlement, represents an ancient Estonian folk tale. Estonia has experienced a variety of belief systems over the centuries, from Catholicism to Lutheranism to Russian Orthodoxy and Soviet atheism. Twenty two years after regaining independence from the Soviet Union, Estonia is one …

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International jazz festival Jazzkaar returns to Tallinn (video)

International jazz festival Jazzkaar returned to Tallinn over the weekend and continues until 28th April at the specially built unique Marina Pavilion by the sea at the Port of Tallinn grounds. It’s twenty fourth time for the festival and it is again attracting many international talents. The main performers are …

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Club Radio Free Europe – bringing music from Estonia (and beyond) to London (video)

Chris Glew talks to British music journalist Andrew Childs about his latest venture – featuring Estonian bands Kreatiivmootor and Elephants from Neptune. Foyles Jazz Cafe in central London seems an appropriate place in which to discuss music. My interlocutor is Andrew Childs, a music journalist whose latest project – Club …

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