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Germany: concerts of Triskele in Berlin

The concert programme "Soul Purification and Purity: M. Luther's Choral Hymns in Estonian Folklore" consists of Estonian folk chorales which melodies were written down at the beginning of the 20th century.

These melodies represent the sacred song traditions that had survived on the Estonian periphery during the period, which was before the time when the organ was used to accompany the singing. The so-called twisted chorales were song according to the lead singer, singing took place also outside the church where they began to live their own life. In folk chorales, however, the melodies used by the Lutheran Church can often be recognized, but in some cases they are simplified and, on the other hand, they are more decorated.

To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the central place in the programme is given to the folk interpretations of the chorales attributed to Martin Luther. These melodies, which are largely based on the music traditions of the Middle Ages, have left a deep impression on the backbone of Estonian folk chorales and influenced the local musical culture. The programme includes, for example, folk versions of Luther's chorales "Christ unser Herr zum Jordan Kam", "Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ", "Jesus Christus, unser Heiland", "Vater unser im Himmelreich" and "Wohl dem, der in Gottes Furcht steht".

The settings of the folk chorales have been born as a work of all the band members, the sound is enriched with both Estonian folk instruments and medieval musical instruments. The duration of the concert programme is about 60 minutes.

Ensemble Tiskrele

Members:
Tarmo Tabas – singing
Ergo-Hart Västrik – singing
Heikki-Rein Veromann – flutes, singing
Toivo Sõmer – lute, bouzuki, kannel, singing
Janno Mäe – drums, kannel, singing

Triskele was formed in Tartu in 1997 with the aim of performing Estonian spiritual folk music. During the 20 years, the ensemble has released seven albums that have interpreted Estonian folk chorales and older folk songs. In addition to folk chorales, the ensemble has found inspiration both in Estonian runic songs and European medieval music.

Triskele combines the singing style of folk music and a rich choice of instruments that include the instruments of the Estonian folk music (Seto kannel, chordal kannel) and instruments used in Medieval Europe (lute, flutes, drums). Musicians of Triskele are united by a deep interest in the spiritual traditions of different countries and peoples, and the influences of that will definitely be found in the ensemble's performances and in their approach to the original material.

The members of the band have participated in several early music ensembles (Via Sonora, Viljandi Linnakapell, Heinavanker, Festivitas Artium Schola, Cantiga) and international projects featuring both Ancient Greek, European Medieval and Renaissance music as well as classical Indian and Arabic music.

Triskele has given concerts in many Estonian churches, festivals of folk music and church music. The band has been touring in the Netherlands, Lithuania, Germany, Finland and the Czech Republic. In 2005, they presented Estonia in Austria at the "Stimmen für Europa" project promoting the music of the new member states of the European Union.

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