Concerts highlights

Mari Kalkun


TUEMAY 14—7:30 PM

Estonian folk singer Mari Kalkun presents a performance of unique compositions inspired by nature, Estonian poetry and folk music. She will perform an array of songs with lyrics written by Estonian poets intertwined with traditional singing (regilaul) and folklore, using the kannel, piano, accordion, guitar, and other instruments.



“Gorgeously intimate record. There’s nothing rushed about the music here. It unfolds gently, enfolding the listener, caressing and inviting and taking flight. Supremely honest music, joyful, dark, aching and smiling.”—The Guardian

“Kalkun’s singing is at the heart of things; joyous and lamenting by turns, but always poised and melodious, her poeticism apparent even without translation. A magical creation.”—Songlines

About the Artist

Mari Kalkun is a musician, singer and a composer with Southern Estonian roots. Her unique compositions are inspired by nature, Estonian poetry and folk music, with lyrics written by local poets carrying the feeling of rural life, the forests, and the landscape. The flowing sound of Estonian language and its dialects create a meditative atmosphere in her music intertwined with the traditional singing – regilaul – and folkore. She plays with the kannel, piano, accordion, and guitar, and also pipes, whistles and uses various experimental instruments.



Her first solo album, Üü tulõk (Arrival of the Night, Õunaviks, 2007) gained remarkable recognition among Estonian music audience and critics. She has since performed in France, Hungary, England, Scotland, Germany, Finland, Russia, Armenia and Japan. Vihmakõnõ (Dear Rain, Õunaviks, 2010), her second album, is dedicated to her grandparents. Being personal and keeping connection with the roots, Dear Rain continues what was started with the first album but moves closer towards minimalism and experimenting with sound/sounds.

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