First broadcast date: 30 November 2018
Maarja Nuut & Ruum
Maarja Nuut is a singer and violinist. An utterly compelling, often hypnotic performer, she was born in Rakvere, in northern Estonia. Maarja has studied classical and folk music extensively.The modal sound of the pre-Soviet, Estonian “village style” – and her constant experiments withlive looping – are central to her music. Her debut was the self-released ‘Soolo’ (Solo) in 2013. In2016, following acclaimed performances at Womex and Womad (and whilst winning the ArtistsPrize at Tallinn Music Week), Maarja self-released a second album, ‘Une Meeles’ (In the Hold ofa Dream), which gained international critical acclaim. Since then Maarja has toured as a solo performer throughout Europe and North America
Born in Tartu, Estonia, Hendrik Kaljujärv (aka Ruum) started making electronic music at the age of 15. Although drawn to analogue instruments, he also utilises digital synths and environmental recordings, both as inspiration and source material. Kaljujärv has no academic training. His expertise in creating soundscapes was forged in Tallinn’s avant-garde theatre NO99; where he worked as sound engineer and designer. Besides his own solo work, Hendrik has written music for theatre and for numerous musical collaborations, most notably the mysterious Cubus Larvik, with whom he released three albums between 2012 and 2018.
Maarja Nuut and Hendrik Kaljujärv aka Ruum have released a collaborative album ‘Muunduja’, on the 5th October 2018.
Paris-based quartet Insólito UniVerso is a project that takes inspiration from a wide range of sources, such as psychedelic folk, baroque singing, electro- acoustic experimentation, and traditional Latin American music, particularly through the rhythms and instruments of Venezuelan folklore. Taking all of these influences and borrowing the essence of the Manifesto Antropófago, the band constructs a unique sound, represented through their original compositions and arrangements; taking Venezuelan music to unheard realms.
Insólito UniVerso consists of María Fernanda Ruette (canto / cuatro), Raúl Monsalve (bajo), Edgar Bonilla Jiménez (teclados), Andrés Sequera (percusión).