Maarja Nuut is an utterly unique folk singer and fiddle player from Northern Estonia. She tells traditional Baltic songs and stories using live electronics, voice, strings and looped fiddle which is reviewed here on Louder Than War.
Her minimalism and experimental music meet the village musical traditions of pre-war Europe. She accompanies her intricate layered soundscapes with the most beautiful song and spellbinding dance that bewitches and engages her audience.
Nuut’s second album Une Meeles , released last summer, explores the boundary between reality and dreams and was named one of last year’s top 10 albums of 2016 by fRoots, picked by Songlines for their Top of the World accolade, earned 4*reviews in the Guardian and Independent alongside a plethora of reviews amongst the hipster media.
For her London show only, Nuut collaborates with electronic music composer, Hendrik Kaljujärv. In his native Estonia, Kaljujärv creates sound for a variety of formats including art installations and drama productions. Together, they produce a blend of “folk, their boundary-pushing loops and primeval forest chill to enticingly mysterious effect.” (Mojo)
12 May CARDIFF Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
13 May LEEDS Grand Theatre / Howard Assembly Room
15 May NORWICH Playhouse
16 May LONDON Rich Mix, as part of Serious Space serious.org.uk/SeriousSpace
19 May SOUTHAMPTON Turner Sims
20 May BRISTOL Colston Hall / The Lantern
21 May MORECAMBE More Music
Support (in London) comes from Archivist. Following on from the critically acclaimed self-titled debut EP, which saw support from Noisey, Dummy, The 405, Q Magazine, Radio 1, Radio 6 and more 2017’s Memo Ep marks a strong return for songwriter Ed Begley aka Archivist. He yields a sound with huge pop sensibilities and a definitively British experimental sound that has ethereal, independent flare – with powerful glistening synths, intricate drums, evocative falsetto vocals and heavy grooves.
Listen to Maarja Nuut https://soundcloud.com/maarja-nuut
Watch Maarja Nuut feat Hendrik Kaljujärv https://bit.ly/2o6OeIj
Watch Video, ‘Hobusemäng’ https://bit.ly/2o9Z4dF