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Tallinn Music Week 2020

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Tallinn Music Week Tallinn, Estonia August 28-29, 2020 Postponed from March, the Tallinn Music Week might not have happened, even in August. Seemingly on the cusp of cancellation, its team forged ahead with determination, even though many of their booked artists were forced to veer away due to the increasing ...

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Station Narva 2020

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Station Narva Narva, Estonia August 26, 2020 Only the Narva River separates this festival from Russian territory. This is the easternmost point of Estonia, with the compact Station Narva taking place in the environs of Art Club Ro-Ro, right on the riverbank. There's the main Pealava outdoor stage, plus a ...

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Tallinn Music Week Interviews: Kadri Voorand

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Tallinn Music Week was postponed from its accustomed March dates, and rescheduled for late August, with much of its programme preserved, and many gigs moved outdoors to facilitate being spaced-out in the virus era. This is a festival where all music styles are embraced, from jazz to metal, folk to electronic and pop to classical. Many ...

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Marta Lotta Kukk At Parnu Jazz Klubi

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Marta Lotta Kukk Endla Teater Jazziklubi Parnu, Estonia August 7, 2020 Estonia is bounded by sea on two sides, and by one of the largest lakes in Europe on a third side, separating it from Russia. On the fourth side, is the land border with Latvia, a fellow member ...

Jazzkaar Interviews: Bugge Wesseltoft

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Your scribe witnessed the Nordic supergroup Rymden three times during 2019, illustrating how much this new constellation (in Norwegian, the word means 'space,' as in cosmic space) has expanded almost uncontrollably since making their debut. Even as an abstract concept, the combination was tantalising in the extreme. Purely acoustic piano and electronically distressed keyboards from Bugge ...

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Jazzkaar 2019

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Jazzkaar Tallinn, Estonia April 23-28, 2019 Towards the second half of Jazzkaar, there was an invasion of starry Americans, overwhelming the normally quite striking wealth of indigenous Estonian talent. As ever, the fundamental structure of this 10-dayer revolved around its two main stages in the Telliskivi Creative City, Vaba Lava ...

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Susanna Aleksandra

Susanna Aleksandra is an Estonian jazz singer, lyricist and composer currently based in Los Angeles. Passionate for languages, she effortlessly plays with words and melodies, navigating through traditional, modern and Latin Jazz. A natural storyteller, the charismatic singer holds the listener spellbound, making jazz approachable not only for jazz lovers. Susanna’s other passion besides music is languages. She holds a degree in French language and literature and is a fluent speaker of 6 languages.

MUSICIAN Born:

Lauri Kadalipp

Lauri Kadalipp is a young and talented saxophonist making his way in to Estonian jazz music scene. Born in a music loving family it wasn’t surprising that he continued the family’s biggest passion. He composed his first works while studying at H. Eller Music School where he was recognised for both composing skills and saxophone playing virtuosity. Being on the doorstep of his career as a professional saxophonist, Lauri has already been featured in numerous groups and projects. He is already teaching saxophone in 2 schools, is a player, conductor, band leader at New Wind Jazz Orchestra and also as band leader of a buzzing modern jazz group Lauri Kadalipp Social Jazz

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Jazzkaar 2018

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Jazzkaar 2018 Tallinn, Estonia April 20-29, 2018 In the year of Estonia's celebrations, having attained a full century as a Republic, its Jazzkaar festival continues to be amongst the very best of the European range. Held annually in Tallinn, and primarily centred around the Telliskivi Creative City, the festival continued ...


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