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I was born in 1979 at the island of Saaremaa, Estonia.
Teachers and/or influences? My influences are coming mostly from the classical music and big band music. I have many favorite musicians and they all have been inspiring me.
I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I saw a man playing piano.
Your sound and approach to music: Music should be honest and not perfect because we are not perfect. It should be tasteful but not boring. I like contrasts and also humor in music.
Your dream band:
I don't have any dream about building a band. The band is like a childyou cannot have an ideal, perfect child, you cannot control it but you can give some advice and directions. Even then, you cannot be sure that it will follow you. That's the whole beauty about playing and breathing together.
The jazz festival in Tallinn is amazing. They are really good at spoiling musicians.
Your favorite recording in your discography and why?I.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.