Siiri Sisask : Tallin Music Week : live review
Tallin Music Week Estonia
We are in this amazing looking theatre. A grand looking building full of ghosts and ancient song. The ceiling is painted like Sistine chapel and the room is full of atmosphere. it’s another stop on one of those wonderful endless nights of great music that switches dramatically from one style to another at the Tallinn Music Week.
It’s the perfect setting for Sirri Sisask who is sat down at her grand piano playing this remarkable music that is full of beauty and passion. Hanging piano chords fill the air, dark chord changes switch from major to minor keys and a pandoras box full of emotional raw power flutter across the room.
The rolling piano lines hint at classical and even jazz flavours but are resolutely dark and melancholically powerful as her voice soars and your heart goes with it. This is an emotional music that seethes like nature and the sea, full of dark dramatic beauty and power. The closest I can think of Diamanda Galas and her brooding brilliance or another remote pointer would be Nick Cave and his melancholic ballads – but those are just signposts as this is a totally original music of its own.
Of course a music as emotive and thrilling as this doesn’t just come from anywhere. Siiri Sisask grew up in the mysterious Estonian countryside and spent hours on her own in the mystical deep forest before diving into the early Estonian punk scene, she was a rebel with a cause and then swerved off into a remarkable life where she has travelled to Mongolian to study with the Mongolian throat singers, has songs that are influenced by Buryat and Buddhist ideas and swam into the deep dark lakes of ideas and influence. She has been an actress, a musician but has followed her own distinctive creative path to create this sonorous and brilliantly dark music.
Every piano note chimes with a deep internal longing and her remarkable voice is full of dark matter and power – a voice that takes full advantage of that throat singing and is tinged with the drama and passion of opera or the raw emotion of the blues. Siiri Sisask is a unique, powerful and spellbinding performer and this was an hour of being lost in the deepest and most mystical forest of sound and spectral shapeshifting emotional skree.