Russian scene at Tallinn Music Week: who, what, where, when and why

Tallinn Music Week is an international event; musicians all over the world are coming to the capital of Estonia to take part in the urban culture festival. The Russian guests of the festival will have a chance to see and listen to their fellow countrymen. This year, 25 musicians from Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus will present their music at different venues in Tallinn. Some Estonian bands will sing in Russian too.

Ivan Dorn at Russian Cultural Centre

April 6, 9:30 p.m.

Ukranian born Ivan Dorn is a singer, DJ, and producer with an overabundance of quirky uniqueness. His debut album made him a sensation of the Russian music scene; his catchy hits from 2011 like Stycamen and Bigoudi (“Бигуди”) are still heard on the Russian dancefloors and in the hearts of the hipster youths. At Tallinn Music Week, Ivan Dorn will be presenting his debut English-language album OTD (Open The Dorn), recorded and produced in Los Angeles in 2016.

Cryptomarket at KuKu Club

April 6 & 7, 7 p.m.

Friday and Saturday night at Kuku Club is where the action is. The name Cryptomarket alone promises interesting discoveries on the computer-based music scene.

On Friday, a young Russian Internet-phenomenon Monetochka will be performing her ironic songs about life on and off the web. Fans of a more avant-garde music can listen to Aleksei Taruts, master of sound performance.

The Saturday programme includes a meeting with Kate NV, an experimental ambient-project of Kate Shilonosova, Moscow-based producer. You will also have a chance to hear Tema Kresta, electro-duo from St. Petersburg, and a psychedelic art-rock band Spasibo.

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Manka Boutique Pop Festival Night at Club PATT

April 7, 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.

The indie-music festival Manka Boutique will have its own stage at the Club PATT. There will be performing famous Russian indie-rock band Kurara and guests from Belorussia: punk-rock band Petlia Pristrastiya and young creative union Soyuz, whose debut EP was released on September 26, 2017, by Ivan Dorn’s Masterskaya label. Alongside with them, an Estonian band Nebo-Zemlya will step up on a stage of Manka Boutique pop-up festival to share their music.

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Svjata Vatra at the Vaba Lava Theatre

April 7, 00:30 a.m.

The Ukranian-Estonian folk-band will close the Viljandi Folk Music Festival Night at Vaba Lava Theatre. Their night performance with bagpipes, jew’s harp, scythe, and husky lead vocals will certainly recreate the ancient pagan rite feeling, and the sound of trombone will add some contemporary festivity.

Katja Adrikova at the Club HALL

April 8, 7 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Club HALL presents a grandiose 24 hours programme HALL Opening Day 2 & 3: Downwards 25 Years. From 11 p.m. Saturday to 8 p.m. Sunday fourteen DJs will be turning plates and blowing minds. Estonian DJ Katja Adrikova, the author of seductively dark tracks and the Tallinn-based techno community Mürk member will give two performances on Sunday morning and afternoon.

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