Category Archives: Music

Hendrik Kaljujärv’s meaning-layered „Overexposure“

Hendrik Kaljujärv has once said in an interview to Priit Raud that the multitude of information and meanings of contemporary time was one of the impulses for this production. Kaljujärv says that it is not a problem for him, although it may be for many, including the writer of this review. I can feel how, having to deal with the immense amount of information, the decision-making ability is the greatest virtue. I would like to know about everything that exists and is available, but, in the process, the focus might disappear altogether. One must find a specific direction in order not to dissolve into the macrocosm. It seems that this is what Hendrik Kaljujärv attempted to say in his production, when he indicated a specific direction by making the same motion repeatedly over a few minutes. Therefore, keeping the focus and determination are crucial in today’s evolutional struggle for survival. I remember a conversation with a parent who said that it was so difficult to raise a normal child these days. Indeed, how do you maintain or guarantee normality, when the society around you seems to be quite schizophrenic? Or what can be considered normal after all at the era that has been labelled post-truth?... Read more

FESTIVALS IN ESTONIA 2017

JANUARY
1.–7.01., Tallinn 6TH BACHFEST TALLINN
1.–8.01., Tartu 4TH TARTU WINTER MUSIC FESTIVAL
7.–15.01., Pärnu PÄRNU CONTEMPORARY MUSIC DAYS
20.01.–2.04., across Estonia FESTIVAL „SCHOOL DANCE“
21.01., Tallinn INTSIKURMU WINTER FESTIVAL
21.–22.01., Elva MONOMANIA
25.–29.01., Tallinn DOCPOINT TALLINN
27.01.–5.02., Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu, Jõhvi, Saint Petersburg MUSTONENFEST... Read more

Ave Palm: Review and gallery from the Üle Heli festival

Last weekend, the Üle heli festival took place for the second time. If the last year’s starting point was “creating the worlds”, which enabled the musicians to show how they described the surrounding world through the sound, this year’s programme was based on “level zero”, meaning that the development, progress, or a new direction compared to earlier works of musicians was considered when programming the festival. Therefore, several works were premiered (Mart Avi’s album „Rouge Wave“, Rainer Jancis’s album „Hibernatus“, Edasi’s album „Fake Wheel“), there were works that had been made especially for the festival (Ajukaja’s „Magus müra“, Djerro „Aeg“) and audiovisual performances were created as well (Erik Alalooga’s „Katastroof ja dünaamika“).... Read more

Katrina Helstein: stylish and soundless – Eplik and „Stiil”

On October 27, I went to listen to Vaiko Eplik and watch the recording of Mati Unt’s production “Stiil ehk Mis on maailma nimi” (“Style aka What is the Name of the World”, premiere October 31, 2003). Both were in Von Krahl’s Kinosalong (Cinema Saloon) programme. I was not the only one, there were around 100 people there. However, I was one of only three that stayed until the end. Kinosalong is one of the most fantastic and beautiful events, consisting of music and a theatre recording. Think about it: the first hour was filled by jokes and brackets by Eplik who also sang – the second hour offered the recording of „Stiil ehk Mis on maailma nimi” by Mati Unt, one of the most exciting directors of Estonia. In conclusion – nothing could be more stylish or beautiful than these two things put together. Nor funnier, in a way.... Read more

Ave Palm: Record Launch of Chamber Choir Sireen

The launch of the debut album Terra Incognita of chamber choir Sireen took place in the House of the Blackheads in the Old Town of Tallinn. The concert was accompanied by specially created visuals, matching those on the album design, as well as a light show, which created the perfect atmosphere for the concert. The performance was also enriched by choreography with the choir using the entire space, moving around the audience. The sequence of the songs, while different from the order on the record, created a continuous whole. All in all, it is great to have such an innovative and professional choir in Estonia.... Read more