Estonian Voices – Russian Culture Centre
Estonian Voices is an a cappella vocal ensemble, singing jazz, folk and pop influenced music, mostly original compositions and arrangements of folk music, but also some well know world wide hits.
Some of the field’s greatests like Peder Karlsson from The Real Group and Britt Quentin from M-Pact have recognized Estonian Voices as a unique sounding vocal ensemble not only in Estonia, but in Europe and why not worldwide.
Estonian Voices came together in 2010 for Christmas Jazz Festival organized by Jazzkaar in Estonia. The idea of putting together a vocal ensemble started with Tallinn 2011 Capital of Culture in cooperation with Estonian Jazz Union and Jazzkaar Festival, who invited Britt Quentin from M-Pact to start working with the group. Jazz singer and composer Kadri Voorand was asked to call the group together to lead it and arrange for it. Most of the singers are the previous or present students of Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. The idea was to work in few sessions during the year 2011 and finally to give a concert together with Britt from M-Pact at Christmas Jazz Festival 2011.
The group continued after the project and has given many concerts, including concerts not only in Estonia, but also in Germany, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, Latvia and Lithuania, every single one receiving highly positive response. 2013 they toured all the biggest concert halls in Estonia together with Estonian Dream Big Band and famous jazz vocalist Datevik Hovanesian. At Christmas Jazz 2013 they were the guest artists on New York Voices concert and also won the hearts of both audience and the NY Voices. At Christmas Jazz 2016 they performed togehter with Take 6.
Estonian Voices released their first album „Ole Hea“ (Be Good) in 2014 which won the Best Jazz Album of the year 2015. Year after that they were titled as the Best Jazz Artist in Estonia.
Aare Külama – Kiigelaul (‘A swing song’)
Kadri Voorand – Taat läks lolliks (‘Old man gone mad’)
Arvo Pärt – Väike motoroller (‘The little motor scooter’), text by Eno Raud, Leelo Tungal
Kadri Voorand – Oota head meest (‘Wait for the good man’), text trad.
Kadri Voorand – Mis sina, sitikas, sirised (‘What the hell are you whining about’), text trad.
Kadri Voorand – Peigmees, miks mind maha jätsid (‘Oh my groom, why did you leave me’), text trad.
Arno Tamm – Kiara
Avo Tamme – Neljap.eva labajalg (‘Bagpipe Dance’)
Kadri Voorand – Was I
Eeva Talsi – Kättemaks (‘Revenge’), text by Jaan T.tte
Kadri Voorand – Laulumäng (‘Medley of Estonian Traditional Circle Songs’), text trad.
Arno Tamm – N’anga Nala