Category Archives: Concert

An interview with Pille Lill about the behind the scenes world of organizing a music festival

The Tallinn Chamber Music Festival will take place on August 19–30. Festival features performances by foreign guests such as Nordic youth symphony orchestra Orkester Norden, piano trio Teos (Finland/Estonia) and chamber orchestra Baltic Neopolis Virtuosi (Poland) and a great number of Estonian top soloists.... Read more

Ave Palm on the festival Into the Valley

Last weekend, the long-awaited electronic music festival Into the Valley took place in Rummu quarry. The organizers are from Sweden and are gathered under the name of Music Goes Further. The previous venue for the festival was an Amphitheater in the former limestone quarry in Dalhallas, Sweden. As the initiator of the festival, Mattias Hedlund has said, the goal of the festival is to create a 100% comprehensive experience from the beginning to the end and to maintain an equally high level not only musically but also in everything else. He adds that visitors should experience something new each and every time, as choices of music and experiences are made according to the country and the environment in which the event is organized. Thus, collaboration with local artists was also carried out in Estonia, and local food could be enjoyed at the festival venue.... Read more

KAAREL KÜNNAP: JOURNEY TO THE INSIDE OF THE ACADEMY OF MUSIC

As it turned out five minutes after overhearing a worried conversation by the front desk there was no case for concern – it wasn’t so important to figure out, which floor the opening act of the event took place exactly, as Pavel Tšeretšukin’s and Paša Semjonov’s environmental electronic impro „Hämaruse varjus“ (“In the Shadow of Darkness”) could be heard anywhere in the atrium cutting through all the floors. The lights were lowered to the minimum and the performers had set up their equipment consisting of several synthesisers, computers, and other sound gear introvertly on a narrow indoor balcony, facing the empty space rather than the audience. The listener could follow them from the side or, as many did, close their eyes and focus on the sounds in one of the comfortable places in the atrium. As I visit this building rarely, I preferred to walk up and down the stairs and examine how the gently amplified drone spiced up with sunnily high and pre-recorded nature sounds bounced around in the strange deconstructivist geometry of the postmodernist architecture, potted palms, and Estonian painting classics hanging on the walls, among them the works by Sirje Runge and Andres Tolts. There was also a possibility to ascend along a spiral staircase to an ivory tower with a view, the existence of which I had thus far considered to be a figure of speech regarding academic institutions. The music and the environment melted together seamlessly and set the dreamy mood for the evening.... Read more