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Tallinn Music Week Interviews: Roomet Jakapi & Hum Of Tartu

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The Estonian city of Tartu lies to the south-east of capital Tallinn, and is a relatively small second city, perhaps dominated by the presence of its renowned university. In 2024, Tartu is set to become a European Capital Of Culture. In anticipation, the Tallinn Music Week organisers have programmed an evening of music emanating from Tartu, ...

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Jazzkaar Interviews: Jaak Sooäär

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The Estonian guitarist Jaak Sooäär reaches his 50th birthday on Monday 25th April, and celebrates by playing a gig at the Jazzkaar festival in Tallinn. Most of Sooäär's prominence in the country, and around the rest of Europe, emanates from his inspired output as an adventurous jazz guitarist, but he has occasionally side-stepped into the realms ...

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Tallinn Music Week 2021

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Tallinn Music Week Tallinn, Estonia September 30-October 2, 2021 The annual Tallinn Music Week has benefitted from excellent timing, with its 2020 and 2021 editions managing a placement outside of any hardcore lockdown actions, assembling a roster from outside of Estonia, albeit mostly from bordering or nearby lands. ...

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Live From Tallinn: The Jussi Lehtonen Quartet, Akli, Dreamkrusher! & Shelton San vs Zahir

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The Jussi Lehtonen Quartet Philly Joe's Jazz Bar Tallinn, Estonia July 28, 2021 Philly Joe's Jazz Bar is, somewhat appropriately, situated right on Freedom Square, a key central location in the Estonian capital city of Tallinn. There aren't so many global instances of similarly prominent placements for such ...

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Viljandi Folk Music Festival 2021

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Viljandi Folk Music Festival Viljandi, Estonia July 22-25, 2021 Viljandi must be a quiet place in usual times, situated down in the south of Estonia, and emanating a small town vibration. Usually its annual four-day folk festival magnetises a massive gathering, and invites multiple international acts, fully inhabiting an impressive ...

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Jazzkaar 2020

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Jazzkaar Tallinn, Estonia October 9-13, 2020 In this year of cancellations and postponements, the Jazzkaar festival opted to jump from April to October, successfully presenting a shorter version that nevertheless managed to include between four and six sets on most of its days. Giant-size American artists were unavoidably absent, but ...

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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 ...


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