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Monday
23 April 2012

Tallinn Music Week 2012 Skype’i auhinna võitis Talbot

 

Tallinn Music Weeki peatoetaja Skype’i poolt neljandat aastat välja antava auhinna võitjaks valiti sel korral Talbot – bänd, kellel on lisaks kodumaistele kontsertidele tänaseks selja taga juba kaks Euroopa tuuri, eraldi Ida-Euroopa tuur, lisaks kontsertreisid Venemaal ja Ukrainas, Balkanimaades, Austraalias ning Jaapanis. Koos maineka tiitliga Skype’s Go Change the World Award kaasneb bändile ka €3500 suurune rahaline preemia.


"Talbot tõuseb esile kui tervik. Nende puhul rokib kõik ühes rütmis - muusika on vinge, veebileht tasemel ning sotsiaalse turunduse pool läbimõeldud. Bänd vaatab selgelt tulevikku ning on aktiivne esineja kogu maailmas. Just nii, nagu meile meeldib," ütles Skype Eesti juht, Tiit Paananen.

Skype’i maailmavallutuse auhinna ehk Skype's Go Change The World Award võitja selgitati välja festivali delegaatide, välispressi, Skype’i töötajate ja Eesti publiku ühisel valikul. Talboti järel pälvisid Tallinn Music Weeki delegaatidelt enim Skype’i auhinna nominatsioone veel
Estonian Voices, Paabel, Mart Avi ning Väljasõit rohelisse. Publikuhääletuse võitis sel aastal Anne & Stiil ajakirja lugejate ja toimetuse poolt festivali stiilseimaks artistiks valitud Tenfold Rabbit, seejärel Epordwerk, Elephants From Neptune, August Hunt ja muidugi Talbot.

Magnus Andre ja Jarmo Nuutre 2008. aastal loodud Talbot vajutab müraselt raske, ent jäiste kaunistustega ehitud psühhedeelse pitseri kuulaja meeltele. Eesti Muusikaauhinnad 2010 "Aasta Metalartisti" nominendiks valitud bänd on oma lühikese tegutsemisaja jooksul avaldanud EP "Tundra" (2008) ja kuulajate ning kriitikute poolt väga hästi vastu võetud albumi "EOS" (2010). Käesoleval aastal esineb duo klubides ja festivalidel nii Eestis kui välismaal ja tegeleb ka oma järgmise albumi lindistamisega.

Küsimus on vaid selles, mida sa teha tahad. Kui tahad bändi teha, siis ongi see täpselt nii lihtne, et teed ja ei lase millelgi ennast takistada. Meil avanesid selles osas silmad peale esimest tuuri - lihtsalt saad ühel hetkel aru, et mitte mingit piiri ei ole. Tahad minna tuurile - lähed. Tahad esineda Jaapanis - otsid kontakti ja leiad kuidagi võimaluse ja lähed. Järgmine kord lähed, siis tahab sind seal juba rohkem inimesi näha. On meilgi olnud neid viie ja kümne inimesega kontserte - aga kui need viis inimest on tulnud sinu pärast, siis on kõik väga kihvt! Piirid on igaühe enese määrata. Küsimus on valikus,“ seletab bändi julgeid valikuid Jarmo Nuutre. Kuigi uudis Skype auhinna võidust on bändi jaoks alles värske, on esialgne plaan auhinnaraha investeerida tuuritamise käigus amortiseerunud helitehnika uuendamisse.

Tallinn Music Week 2009 Skype auhinna võitjaks oli Popidiot, 2010. aastal Iiris ja 2011. aastal Ewert and the Two Dragons.

Tallinn Music Week 2013 kuupäevad selguvad lähinädalatel.

TMW delegaadid Talbotist:

Mikko Meriläinen (Soundi):
„Lihtsalt hämmastav. Rahvusvaheline kvaliteet, ainulaadne ja väga karismaatiline kontsertbänd.“

Edgars Abolins (Meteor Agency):
„Tore on näha bändi kasvamas järjest tugevamaks ja tugevamaks. Olin meeldivalt üllatunud nende esinemise kvaliteedi, heli ja võimuse üle.“

Maria Mölder (Eesti Heliloojate Liit):
„Omaette tase, ilus ja raputav, sh on ka kõikvõimalikud ekspordikriteeriumid täidetud.“

Janne Flinkkilä (freelance music journalist):
„Minu jaoks oli Talbot kindlasti Tallinn Music Weeki kõrghetk.“

Juuso Vermasheinä (Flockified):
Talbot oli võrratu. Pealegi näevad need tüübid välja, nagu nad jooks dushi all käies õlut. Mis on omakorda võrratu.“

John Rogers (Brainlove, Projekta), muusikaajakirjas The Line Of Best Fit:
„Back at Von Krahl, Talbot are whipped up a thunderous sound. The drum kit took up half the stage, behind them sitting heavily tattoed, utterly solid percussionist Jarmo Nuutre, who beat his instruments within an inch of their lives with pummelling brutality and an almost balletic grace. Distorted basslines form their blunt, powerful tunes, and a dual vocal played a melodic rock vocal off against Nuutre’s guttural doom-metal roar. Talbot marry bone-crunching force with dextrous musicality.“
http://www.thelineofbestfit.com/2012/04/talinn-music-week/

PILDID:

Talbot Tallinn Music Weekil:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tallinnmusicweek/tags/talbot/

Promofoto:
http://www.talbot-music.com/pildid/photos/Talbot_promo_by_Mae_Marks.jpg

Tallinn Music Week fotomaterjal, mis sisaldab nii konverentsi, sotsiaalseid üritusi kui kontserte:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tallinnmusicweek/sets/

(kasutades pilte meedias, palume lisada fotograafi nimi)

Tallinn Music Week 2012 numbrites:
27 lava

183 artisti 13 riigist
150 artisti Eestist
11 200 festivalikülastajat
589 delegaati, kellest 283 Eestist
306 välisdelegaati
61 549 unikaalset kodulehekülastust 110 riigist

www.tallinnmusicweek.ee
www.facebook.com/tallinnmusicweek
http://www.talbot-music.com

Wednesday
18 April 2012

Kreatiivmootor will play at the 16th Sergey Kuryokhin International Festival (SKIF) in St Petersburg


Photo: Aron Urb
 

The frenzied art-kraut-techno-improv ensemble Kreatiivmootor will play at the 16th Sergey Kuryokhin International Festival (SKIF) to be held in St Petersburg, Russia on May 18-19.

"Estonia’s paced up experimentalist’s Kreatiivmootor, back on their own turf after a year-round trip of European showcases following an excellent show at last year’s TMW, again delivered a fully cranked up and frenetic live performance deserved of their hot ticket status." (AP Childs, Shout4Music 2012)"Few bands can keep speed with the vast imagination of Japanese rhythmic-noise collective Boredoms, but this is one of them. Kreatiivmootor are lightning in a bottle – teeming with energy, truly unique and utterly special." (John Brainlove, The Line Of Best Fit 2012)

http://www.facebook.com/events/347862288566730/
http://www.facebook.com/kreatiivmootor

Thursday
12 April 2012

Vali oma lemmik Tallinn Music Weekil esinenud Eesti artist Skype’i auhinna võitjaks!

 

 

Täna, 12. aprillil avame TMW kodulehel hääletuse mainekale Skype’s Go Change the World Award tiitlile. See on auhind, mille võitja valivad Tallinn Music Week delegaadid ja välispress koos Skype’i meeskonna ja publikuga. Auhinna vääriline artist peab omama värskeid ideid ja uuenduslikku DNA-d. Artist peab olema originaalne, silmapaistev ja ka piisavalt professionaalne, et lüüa läbi rahvusvahelisel areenil. Skype’i auhind pannakse välja konkreetse eesmärgiga – pakkuda võitnud bändile võimalust oma karjääri heaks midagi vajalikku korda saata. Maineka tiitliga kaasneb rahaline auhind summas €3500. 
 
Hääletada saab valides rippmenüüst oma favoriidi nime ning vajutades nuppu „cast your vote“, hääletus toimub siin: http://www.tmw.ee/skypeaward_2012.php
 
Tallinn Music Week 2009 Skype auhinna võitjaks oli Popidiot, 2010. aastal Iiris ja 2011. aastal Ewert and the Two Dragons.
 
Hääletus kestab kuni 16. aprillini kell 12:00. 
 
Fotod festivalist:
 
Lisainfo:
info@tallinnmusicweek.ee
www.tmw.ee

Tuesday
10 April 2012

Tallinn Music Week 2012 was a success!


 

The annual showcase festival and music industry conference Tallinn Music Week took place for the fourth time and this year presented a record number of promising artists from 13 countries. The 183 bands and artists performing on 27 festival stages gathered 11 200 visitors. The festival’s conference programme was attended by 589 local and international delegates.

The conference opening hosted a welcome speech by the President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who revealed an extensive knowledge of rock music, citing Neil Young and PJ Harveyandalso touched upon the connection of rock’n’roll to democracy and freedom of speech, pointing out the recent arrests of the members of a Russian punk band Pussy Riot. The speech can be viewed in full: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyMN3hmcoHE

For the first conference panel Anna Hildur Hildibrandsdottir presented the strategy and goals for Nordic Music Export offices (NOMEX), followed by discussion on trends in European music exports. TMW conference also covered topics like copyright, models of music entrepreneurship, the role of a manager, career opportunities of classical music artists and hosted a pitching session for innovative music products and services of Garage48 Tallinn Music. Celebrity interviews with two music industry legends, the prolific artist manager Edward Bicknelland Russian cultural figure Artemyi "Artjom" Troitsky both inspired and entertained the audience.

589 music entrepreneurs and representatives of music organizations took part of the conference as delegates, among them 306 from abroad and 283 from Estonia. 108 delegates were present from Finland, 46 delegates from Latvia, 34 from UK, 27 from Germany and 19 from Russia.

“We are happy to see that TMW has now a solid place at the annual calendars for our region’s music industry key players and organizations. If we manage to boost up the artist and knowledge exchange between the neighbouring countries by making it possible for the right people to meet each other, we have already succeeded, simultaneously providing a gateway into the market for the whole Europe and the world. Just five years ago it was quite rare to see an Estonian band play in Finland or Latvia and as rare to see any Latvian bands play in Estonia. Things have changed significantly and suddenly the whole region is a bigger and more open market place for new talent, “ comments the head organizer of TMW, Helen Sildna.

Meanwhile, right after TMW, European Talent Exchange Programme released a statement, saying Estonia’s Ewert and the Two Dragons are doing best out of this year’s ETEP program following Eurosonic 2012 and the band have been confirmed to play at festivals in Finland, Sweden, Belgium, France and Lithuania.  Ewert and the Two Dragons were in fact the Skype Award winners of TMW 2011 and within a year their career has taken them to festivals across Europe together with their first tour in North America.

The Skype Award winner 2012 will soon be announced and the prize of 3500 EUR will go to an artist with the most international potential as selected amongst TMW delegates.

During the 4 years of TMW a lot has happened to the music industry of Estonia: in 2010 an industry’s platform organization Estonian Music Development Centre was established, in 2010 the first master-class of Estonian music entrepreneurs kicked off, in 2011 the organization together with TMW got the first solid 2-year funding for developing export activities through Enterprise Estonia (EAS). “TMW has a key role in shaping the Estonian music export strategy and the festival is an important partner for the government when developing the best support measures that would help musicians to reach international markets,“ comments the undersecretary for fine arts at the ministry of culture Ragnar Siil.

 

Dates for Tallinn Music Week 2013 will soon be announced.

 

www.tmw.ee

www.facebook.com/tallinnmusicweek

Photos for media use: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tallinnmusicweek/sets/

 

TMW statistics:

 

2012:

27 stages

183 artists from 13 countries

150 artists from Estonia

11 200 festival visitors

589 delegates, 283 from Estonia

306 international delegates

61 549 unique hits on the website from 110 countries

 

2011:

16 stages

147 artists from 10 countries

123 artists from Estonia

7600 festival visitors

423 delegates, 229 from Estonia

194 international delegates

52 483 unique hits on the website from 88 countries

 

The Guardian, Helienne Lindvall: “Tallinn Music Week suggested the Baltic States would be the next region to burst on to the European music scene. It was clear right from the start that last week's TallinnMusicWeekwas not your ordinary music festival – and Estonia not your average country. The Estonian president, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, opened the festivities by reminiscing about his days at CBGBsin New York, mentioning Neil Young, quoting lyrics from PJ Harvey's Let England Shake, and touching on the perils of being an outspoken musician when the country was part of the Soviet Union.”

 

Loud and Quiet, Andrew Childs: "Over the weekend, Tallinn Music Week (TMW) experienced a significant rise in music executive types who would normally associate themselves with the larger and more established showcase conferences, like SXSW, CMJ and our own Great Escape. Considering the event’s previous success stories, which include local folk-pop act Ewert & The Two Dragons, who have recently started to make waves in the British music media and across central Europe, it is abundantly clear why UK-based music execs have wised up to the delights the picturesque Estonian capital has to offer.”

 

Jonas Holst, A&R, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Scandinavia:“Without the efforts from Tallinn Music Week, the focus on Estonian music would be a lot less. To make the artist/bands/labels/manager easy to access is very valuable for international music industry. You build relationships and continue to work with them over a long period of time thanks to TMW. Nothing is instant and these long and steady relations are fantastic when they work, and they do thanks to the various platforms and opportunities built by Tallinn Music Week. The goodwill and visibility of Estonian music and artists has TMW a lot to thank for. I’m not sure there is an equivalent anywhere in the world, to access almost everything and everyone in Estonia at once.”

 

Adam Harper, the Wire Magazine: “Tallinn Music Week has proven that a country as small as Estonia punches well above its weight in terms of musical talent. The degree of technical ability and polish shown, across many different genres, both live and on record, was very impressive. What's more, Tallinn's musical community is warm, well informed and enthusiastic. In particular, I was amazed at the address given by President Ilves, which proved indicative of the passion and connoisseur-ship I was to encounter in the following days - such ardent and detailed insight into the relation between music and politics barely exists in the UK's Houses of Parliament or even many of its arts-supporting institutions. TMW was a thought-provoking window on music-making culture not just in and around Estonia, but as regards the rest of the world too."

 

Ville Kipeläinen, Fullsteam Agency: “After 4 years, Tallinn Music Week is already among the top 5 showcase festivals in the world, which is an amazing accomplishment in itself. Secondly, the Estonian music scene has leapfrogged past most European countries as one of the most exciting sources of emerging talent. Tallinn Music Week is a productive and enjoyable event that just keeps getting better and better."

 

Jonas Sjöström, Playground Music Scandinavia: “Tallinn Music Week combines the chance to see a lot of interesting local bands at great venues and meet professionals colleagues from all over Europe in a very relaxed atmosphere. The old town in Tallinn provides a fantastic background for the emerging Baltic music industry to meet with the European industry. Playground will be back!”

 

Sine Tofte Hannibal, Nordlichter Biennale 2012 Berlin: “The programme really showed the variety of genres constituting the Estonian music scene and the ebullient pool of talent, and it definitely makes sense to mix the genres since I as a foreigner gain a much wider and distinctive insight into the music scene and shows all the interesting things going on cross genre. The highlight for me was definitely the Estonian Music Days show case, which was very well planned with a great programme of concerts suiting the venue very well and composers and ensembles of a high standard, a very good form with concerts alternating two rooms and a really good atmosphere. Furthermore, I really enjoyed the concerts at Theatre No99, which presented bands also of a really high standard, playing a playful, appealing and joyful music that to me - meant as something very positive - represented something more Estonian and unique than international and therefore made a great impression.”

 

Ilya Bortnuk, Light Music (RUS): “I think that TMW growing up and developing appreciably, the varity of the delegates from the different countries is growing up as well. Moreover I can say that TWW was a real meeting point between Russia and Baltics this year. Estonian music scene is developing remarkably - there are a lot of interesting musicians in different genres. I would like to note such artists as Legshaker, Mimicry, Tiit Kikas, Mart Avi.”

 

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Tallinn Music Week thanks our partners and supporters:

Nordic Hotel Forum, Skype, LHV Bank, Kultuurikatel, Tuborg Music, VW Beetle, Estonian Air, Tallink, Hansabuss, Eventech, RGB, 360 Event Service, ERR, Postimees, Anne & Stiil, Viru Keskus, Apollo bookshop, Rada7, Garage48, Velvet, Ministry of Culture, Estonian Cultural Endowment, Tallinn Heritage Board, Tallinn Enterprise Department, EAS, Embassy of USA, British Council, EAÜ and Estonian Music Export. TMW conference took place in cooperation with Estonian Music Development Centre, TMW designs are created by AKU Collective.

Thursday
05 April 2012

Anne&Stiil valis TMW stiilseimaks koosseisuks Tenfold Rabbiti

Eesti andekaim ja stiilseim ajakiri Anne & Stiil koostöös Tallinn Music Weekiga andsid sel aastal esimest korda välja stiiliauhinna, mille pälvis ülekaalukalt ansambel Tenfold Rabbit. Võitja valis ajakirja toimetus välja lugejate kaasabil ajakirja Facebook-lehel.

Toimetusele jäi silma mitmeid suurepäraselt andekaid esinejaid, ent lugejate silmis oli vaid üks võitja - juba konkursil „Eesti Laul 2012“ kuulajaid hullutanud Tenfold Rabbit,“ tõdes ajakirja Anne & Stiil peatoimetaja Ester Kannelmäe.

Auhinna raames kingib Anne & Stiil võitjale võimsa fotosessiooni ja täiusliku paketi pressifotosid. Lemmikuks osutunud bändi liikmetele antakse Anne & Stiili poolt ka viimane stilistikalihv nii pressifotodeks kui lavaesinemisteks. „Me ei hakka Tenfold Rabbiti meestele uut imagot looma vaid jagame nippe tulevasteks esinemisteks laval ja meedias, lihvime poiste väljakujunenud mõnusat look’i ning jäädvustame selle fotodele,“ lisas Ester Kannelmäe.

Meil on eriliselt hea meel, et Anne & Stiil on võtnud oma südameasjaks ka Eesti muusikat ja bände toetada - hea promopakett, sealjuures valik proffe, lahedaid ja isikupäraseid pressifotosid on vajalik töövahend igale artistile, tänu Anne & Stiili auhinnale saab üks bänd festivalikavast nüüd sellise materjali enda käsutusse,” kommenteeris festivali korraldaja Helen Sildna.

Anne & Stiili artistifoto-meeskonda kuuluvad ajakirja peatoimetaja Ester Kannelmäe, stilist ja Eesti üks tuntuimaid moeblogijaid Britta Talving, fotograaf Maiken Staak ning kõigi staaride lemmikmeikar ja soenguseadja Mammu. Värskeid promopilte saab peagi näha Anne & Stiili blogis: www.naistemaailm.ee/annestiil/blogi/

Tallinn Music Week 2012 toimus 29.-31. märtsil ning esitles kolme päeva ja öö jooksul üle kogu linna toimuvatel kontsertidel 183 artisti 13 riigist. Festivalimelust sai osa 11 200 muusikasõpra ning Eesti artiste olid vaatamas ka talendiavastajad üle maailma.

Thursday
05 April 2012

The Guardian: Estonia makes its mark on the musical map

Svjata Vatra

Words by Helienne Lindvall
http://www.guardian.co.uk

It was clear right from the start that last week's Tallinn Music Week was not your ordinary music festival – and Estonia not your average country. The Estonian president, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, opened the festivities by reminiscing about his days at CBGBs in New York, mentioning Neil Young, quoting lyrics from PJ Harvey's Let England Shake, and touching on the perils of being an outspoken musician when the country was part of the Soviet Union.

He said the worst thing for an artist is to be ignored – hence why Dead Kennedys' Jello Biafra had always wanted to get arrested. But, he said, in an "unfree" society, such as the Soviet Union, being jailed was a real possibility, and such risks are not just a thing of the past. As a stark illustration, Ilves wrapped up by showing a video of Russian punk band Pussy Riot being dragged away by the authorities after staging a protest gig in Moscow's largest cathedral earlier this year. "They've been held without bail for weeks, facing seven years in jail for that performance. They have children," he said. "Keep in mind: it's not all fun."

Ilves isn't the only serious rock fan in the Estonian cabinet. With the minister of culture, Rein Lang, having set up some of the country's first rock festivals it's clear to see why Tallinn Music Week (which is actually three days long) receives such huge support. Lang is a strong supporter of copyright and artists' right to be remunerated for their work. "Why is it telecoms feel human value can be questioned, but technology can't?" he asked, adding if we don't pay for the music we consume it'll fall on the state to look after artists, which would turn the clock back to the music environment experienced under communism.

The foreign visitors to the festival were invited to tour the KGB museum, located inside a hotel. Standing inside the former KGB office used to spy on staff and guests (the door to it displayed a sign saying "There's nothing behind this door"), the guide spoke of how, growing up in the 80s, bananas were so rare to come by that they'd eat them like popsicles and walk around proudly waving the peel for all to see – and how, when they managed to, secretly, get a Finnish TV signal, it would make her sad to see everything the rest of the world had access to.

It's little more than 20 years since Estonia gained independence, and maybe that explains the enthusiasm still palpable among the country's musicians and their fans. The festival featured 183 acts – most of them Estonian, but also from Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and other countries in the region. There were also British bands performing, thanks to Brainlove Records, which has developed an artist exchange between the countries since last year's festival.

Many of the Baltic bands didn't shy away from theatricals and campness. The singer of Estonian-Ukrainian "fire-folk" band Svjata Vatra had the audience singing along to his every word, while he juggled fire and played the sword, and Estonian singer Iiris's dramatic performance would do well in Eurovision, I suspect. As would Instrumenti, whose singer appeared to be Latvia's answer to Adam Lambert, flanked by four horn players wearing monster makeup and oversized hats.

The programme described Finnish duo Jaakko & Jay's music as "a high-latitude spin on classic punk themes like drinking, revolution, drinking, making music, drinking, acute social commentary and drinking", but, as it was difficult to hear the lyrics, I'd describe them as a cross between White Stripes on speed and Tenacious D. I was told they're quite political and refuse to use the internet, choosing instead to communicate with their management by letter.

Lithuanian singer and pianist Alina Orlova reminded me of Regina Spector and Ane Brun, or, possibly, a female Antony Hegarty. It was barely noticeable that most of her lyrics were in her native language, as the music itself seemed to illustrate their meaning.

Scandinavia has long been the source of some the most interesting new music around. As acts such as Sigur Rós and Ane Brun have moved into the mainstream, maybe it's now time to set our sights on the Baltic states. The Estonian capital seems to feature all sorts of art in the most unexpected places (as well as the world's only Depeche Mode-themed bar, which only plays the Essex band's music). As one promoter visiting the festival put it: "I think Tallinn can be the next Reykjavik – there's enough craziness here."

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