Tallinn Music Week, which along with its side-festivals is assuming ever bigger dimensions, takes place yet again this week. In addition to varied music programme, there will be art, design, story and city programmes. Our editors have put together a list of our recommendations.
Thursday, March 31
TMW opening party / Tallinn Creative Hub
Tallinn Music Week opens with a bang in the Creative Hub, where 12 different musical collectives take the stage in three halls. The main focus is on the modern music with an electronic trend. From the programme, the Finnish band K-X-P, Manchester’s postpunk band The Membranes along with the Estonian chamber choir Sireen and Austrian Black Lotus Experiment that makes electronic music with jazz elements can be highlighted.
Friday, April 1
Jazzkaar & Estonian Jazz Union present: jazz stage / Open Space
On two stages, the best of Estonian jazz musicians perform during the evening. MiaMee with mild vocals, Ingrid Lukas and Maria Faust, who make more alternative jazz music, and beloved singers Kadri Voorand and Sofia Rubina.
British record label FatCat, which has presented their selection of artists in collaboration with local organisers at TMW before, joins forces with our Üle Heli festival this time. The evening that unites modern music, avant-garde and folk, offers a unique and exciting world of sound. Local performers like ekke, Machineries of Joy, Maarja Nuut and Silver Sepp can be highlighted. Among the foreign performers, there are The Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus, an apocalyptic-experimental folk cult group from England, and Israeli avant-garde collective Tatran.
Saturday, April 2
Estonian Funk Embassy presents / Erinevate Tubade Klubi
The exciting funk musicians are gathering in Erinevate Tubade Klubi. In addition to native Estrada Orchestra and Lexsoul Dancemachine, which is enjoying ever bigger popularity, the guests from Latvia, Russia, Denmark and Finland will also take the stage. There will be dance music and good emotions for the entire evening.
Presentation of Viljandi Folk Music Festival / Open Space
For one evening, the folk spirit of Viljandi moves to Tallinn’s Open Space. The list of performers includes both local folk music stars as well as guests from abroad. Native artists like Puuluup, Trad.Attack!, Mari Kalkun & Runorun can be highlighted. They are supported by Čači Vorba, one of the most popular world music bands from Poland, and Violons Barbares from France, that makes Balkans music.
City stage programme
In addition to listening to the music, the city stage programme offers an opportunity to visit exciting places, where you normally don’t end up. We have selected some of the more thrilling stages hosting concerts.
Thursday, March 31
Haiku design studio (Peetri 11, Noblessner harbour area)
Starts at 5:30 p.m.
Performers: Napoleon Gold (LU) and Avoid Dave (EE).
Additionally, we recommend to attend the conversation series “TMW Talks” lasting throughout the whole week, taking place in the Design and Architecture Gallery and café Must Puudel. Also, a special programme “TMW Arts”, focusing on the young ambitious Estonian art this year, is available in different galleries of Tallinn. And if there is any time left at the weekend, the Design Market at the Creative Hub is definitely worth visiting.