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Friday
28 March 2014

Tallinn Music Weeki konverents algab kl 10. Vaata avamist TMW kodulehelt

 

Check My Demo Session at Tallinn Music Week 2013.

Tallinn Music Week alustab täna oma muusikatööstuse konverentsiblokiga, mille avakõne peab traditsiooniliselt president Toomas-Hendrik Ilves. Lisaks Vene kultuuritegelase Artemyi Troitsky ja Pussy Rioti intervjuule sõnavabadusest kunstis ja muusikas toimub reedel ka intervjuu Bob Stanleyga ja Robert Levine’i autoriõigusteemaline ettekanne.

Avakõnesid on võimalik jälgida Tallinn Music Weeki kodulehelt www.tmw.ee kl 10 kuni 10.45. Lisaks presidendile ütlevad tervitussõnad festivali peakorraldaja Helen Sildna ja festivali esitleva Nordea panga juhatuse esimees Andreas Laane.

TMW konverents on teist aastat välja müüdud ja seal osaleb üle 800 delegaadi, kellest umbes pooled on pärit Eestist, pooled väljastpoolt. Lisaks ülaltoodud intervjuudele ja kõnedele toimub täna ka streaming teemaline paneel, kus astuvad üles nii Spotify, Deezeri kui Rdio esindajad. Pealelõuna täidavad mh ka vestlusringid-arutelud raadio tuleviku ja ühtse Baltikumi muusikaturu võimalikkuse üle.

Homse, 29. märtsi konverentsipäeva kõrghetk on aga intervjuu Kerliga, fookuses tema muusikukarjääri ülesehitamine Los Angeleses. Lisaks on tähelepanu all sotsiaalmeedia kampaaniate läbiviimine, muusika mõju majandusele, muusika litsentseerimine filmidesse ja reklaamidesse jpm.

Tallinn Music Week toimub sel nädalal – neljapäeva pealelõunast laupäeva hilisööni. Lisaks rahvusvahelisele konverentsile leiab linna parimates klubides ja kontserdisaalides aset mahukas festivalikava, päevane Linnalava programm ootamatutes kohtades üle linna, restoranifestival “TMW maitsed” ja vabas vormis muusikateemalised vestlusringid-eksperimendid “TMW jutud”. Avatud on ajutine TMW popup-restoran Disaini- ja arhitektuurigaleriis, mis jääb avatuks laupäeva hilisööni.

Festivalipassid ja üksikpiletid kontsertidele on saadaval Piletilevist. Tallinn Music Weeki konverents on välja müüdud. Passid mis tagavad sissepääsu kõigile festivali kontsertidele maksavad festivalinädalal 55 €. Festivalipass tuleb vahetada käepaela vastu TMW infopunktis Viru Keskuses 24. - 29. märtsini. Soovitame muretseda pilet või pass eelmüügist, et vältida järjekordi.

Friday
28 March 2014

Конференция Tallinn Music Week началась с речи президента Эстонии

Президент Эстонии Тоомас Хендрик Ильвес произнес традиционную речь на открытии конференции Tallinn Music Week. 

Галерея открытия конференции: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tallinnmusicweek/sets/72157643052449653/

Фото: Тыну Туннель.

Речь президента в записи (на англ. яз): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w6f_PHEk_M

Friday
28 March 2014

Ukraina bänd lisandus Tallinn Music Weeki festivaliprogrammi

 

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Seoses Valgevene bändi Vietah kontserdi ootamatu tühistamisega ansambliliikme haigestumise tõttu on Tallinn Music Weeki festivaliprogrammi lisandunud Ukraina etnofolk bänd TaRuta. TaRutat näeb ja kuuleb homme 29. märtsi õhtul Maailmaküla esitluskontserdil Kloostriaidas. Ühtlasi astub bänd üles erikontserdil Ukraina kultuurikeskuses koos Svjata Vatraga laupäeval kl 17.30.

TaRutat loetakse üheks Ukraina noorema põlvkonna põnevamaks etnoroki bändiks. Folkmuusikute Jevgeni ja Olena Romanenko juhitud kooslus segab Ukraina folklooripärandit  uljalt rokiriffide, fusioni käikude ning triphopi ja dubstepi rütmidega, tulemiks põlvkondade ja -stiilide ülene põnev etnokokteil. Üleilma festivalilavadel karastunud bändi kaasaegse kõlapildi eest vastutab DJ ja biidimeister Igor Lyodin.

Laupäeval, 29. märtsil astub TaRuta koos Eesti-Ukraina tulefolgi bändiga Svjata Vatra üles ka Ukraina Kultuurikeskuses (Laboratooriumi 22) toimuval solidaarsusüritusel, kus avaldatakse toetust Ukraina rahvale ning Maidanil hukkunutele ja kannatanutele. Ürituse avab Ukraina suursaadik Eestis Viktor Kryzhanivsky. Lisaks muusikaliste etteastete nautimisele on külalistel võimalik osa saada lihavõttemunade värvimisest ja ekskursioonist kultuurikeskuse põnevas arhitektuurilises kolmikus, mille hulka kuuluvad ka Ukraina katoliku kirik ning väike klooster.

Tallinn Music Week: Maailmaküla esitluskontsert Kloostri Aidas
https://www.facebook.com/events/616635475074830/

Festivalipassid ja üksikpiletid kontsertidele on saadaval Piletilevist. Tallinn Music Weeki konverents on välja müüdud. Passid mis tagavad sissepääsu kõigile festivali kontsertidele maksavad festivalinädalal 55 €. Festivalipass tuleb vahetada käepaela vastu TMW infopunktis Viru Keskuses 24.-29. märtsini. Soovitame muretseda pilet või pass eelmüügist, et vältida järjekordi. 

Friday
28 March 2014

Helen Sildna's speech at TMW 2014 opening

 

Helen Sildna at TMW 2014 conference opening. Photo: Jelena Rudi.

Dear guest, welcome to the sixth Tallinn Music Week,

Times are exciting for the music industry – for the first time in a while, the recorded music industry grew by an estimated 0,3 percent in 2012, thanks to the growth of digital music sector and the expansion of digital services worldwide. The leading digital music platforms, including iTunes, Spotify, and Deezer, currently offer their services in more than 185 countries combined, compared to just 20 countries a few years ago. Studies also show that people listen to more music than ever in their lives. This is of course all good news and especially for new and small markets like us here in Estonia or Latvia and Lithuania. 

Recently I read a study, “Creativity and Prosperity: The Global Creativity Index” by The Martin Prosperity Institute, which some of you are probably familiar with. 82 countries were analysed on the basis of three parameters: technology, talent and tolerance. It is of course no surprise that the Nordic countries are in the top 10: Sweden on the first spot, followed by the USA, Finland, Denmark and Norway sharing the seventh position with Canada.

Looking closer into the obviousness of it, I realized: the foundation of technology and talent is tolerance. Imagine the free and liberal city spaces in Brooklyn, Berlin or Copenhagen and it is easy to understand where this is coming from. Places that are most open to new ideas and attract talented people from around the world broaden both their technology and talent capabilities, thereby also gaining a substantial economic edge.

At this year’s conference we will talk about new business models, marketing, management, copyright and career planning. But I just want to keep this in the back of our minds – the basis of creativity is tolerance. Openness towards other peoples ideas and self-expression, tolerance to all ethnic, racial and sexual minorities. Tolerance as the cornerstone of a successful, forward thinking society and a thriving economy, puts a lot of things in better perspective. 

It also gives a much deeper meaning to “creative economy or creative industries”, and other terms we are so used to throwing around. And it gives all of us, working in this field, some truly essential goals to achieve. We talk a lot about the immigration policy here, but it is about time to really dig deep into the basics too – building solid ties with our local Russian, Ukrainian and other communities. It is about time, we really listen to each other and really understand what are the values we share and how best to move on together.

 

It was beautifully symbolic that our opening party last night was the 25th anniversary of Stupido Records who in 1989 released their record label’s first single “Tere Perestroika” with JMKE and Villu Tamme. This was the first Estonian band to get a Finnish record deal and it became a hit both here in Estonia and also in Finland. 

 

Over the recent days I have had to answer a lot to a question – is Tallinn Music Week a political event now? My answer has always been the same – we are strong believers in freedom. Tolerance, freedom of speech and self-expression are the foundation of creativity. May I say – nothing to do with politics here, but everything to do with basic human values, human rights. If the creative people don’t stand up for it in the society then who else will?

So I encourage you all to use this opportunity here to really listen and talk to each other. When we finish here, dear friends, mr Artemyi Troitsky and Alexander Cheparukhin will join this stage here with Maria and Nadezhda from Pussy Riot. You will have the chance to ask them questions, to listen and to argue, we are all welcome to agree or not to agree, but we listen to / respect each other – this is what we do in the free society.

A couple of people I specifically want to say my thanks to – for the President for being an inspiration and encouragement, for mr. Rein Lang, “our rock minister” for definitely having been my favourite minister of culture so far, to Nordea Bank, Andreas and Piret – for deeply caring about the cultural scene in Estonia and not only caring but also taking care of it,  to Nordic Hotel Forum, to Skype, to EMT, Info Auto and Tuborg / Saku.

My team – they’re like a family, love them all.

Lets love each other, have a great festival

 

Helen

Friday
28 March 2014

President Toomas-Hendrik Ilves speech at TMW conference opening.

 

President Toomas-Hendrik Ilves at TMW conference opening 2014. Photo: Jelena Rudi

Tere hommikust, good morning.

Once again it is time for Tallinn Music Week, certainly one of the most exciting musical events in Northern Europe. I have, ever since it was begun by Helen Sildna, considered it one of the most interesting musical events in the region, precisely because it fosters new and innovative thinking. It celebrates diversity in musical tastes and the creativity of artists who want to do something new and something different.

As those of you who have heard me in previous years at TMW know, I have a fondness for rock'n'roll and an equally strong fondness for liberty. For me, the two have always gone hand in hand. Yes, you can in fact have liberty without rock, because already 300 years ago when the Scottish philosopher John Locke laid the groundwork for the relationship between the individual and the state, back then there was no rock'n'roll.

But in the past 60 years it has often been rock'n'roll music that has tested the limits of liberty in societies – even in those societies that consider themselves liberal democracies. In other societies, authoritarian, totalitarian, theocratic or a combination of these, you don't have to be a rocker to be locked up, threatened with prison or even death for saying what you believe. We know this quite well in Estonia, where many people suffered without playing rock but for speaking the truth. But rockers also suffered.

Those of you not from Estonia may find this perhaps odd and difficult to understand, but here, when people wanted to be free, they came together and sang. They sang rock, they sang folk, they sang classical, sometimes they sang religious music. And, hard as it may have been to believe back then, it started to work.

It worked so well that today all this singing is called the "singing revolution", because, afterall, the basis of our protest was music. But that misses the point actually, because it's free expression, in our case music, that allowed people to overcome their fear, their fear of repression, the consquences of singing, or speaking, their mind. Music, like other forms of art, does that.

This is why the arts are often the first to suffer, and also the most vulnerable to repression, because behind any act of real art (and I am not talking about state-sponsored, state-initiated so called art of which we have all kinds of examples left over from the Soviet Union here, but real art), any act of real art is a denial of the status quo. It threatens the status quo. Because otherwise it'd be just the same boring stuff, but art is art when it does something differently, creates something new, and that always, a priori, by definition, will threaten the status quo.

When Estonia's greatest living composer, Arvo Pärt, wrote his genre-changing music here in Estonia in the 1970s under Soviet occupation, it was too different, too out of the mainstream, it was considered too subversive that he had to be silenced. He was no longer allowed to earn a living here and he was forced to emigrate. And of course, once he moved to the West and could live in freedom, both spiritual and artistic, he became a legend and has been changing the face of serious music ever since. Nor has he given up his conscience, having dedicated his fourth symphony to Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

With Rock n Roll it is more difficult, as Rock has always challenged the more fundamental beliefs of society. When Beethoven brought dissonance and synchopation into his second symphony, also known as Eroica, it did upset listeners in a concert hall in Vienna but the burghers and Austria didn't even know much about it.

Rock n roll, with its huge audience and its in-your-face attitude managed to offend right from the beginning with Elvis Presley's hip-pumping censored on television. When a little more than a mere ten years later John Lennon said the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ, rallies were held to burn the Fab Four's records. Which showed that when you offend popular sensibilities, people are ready for almost anything, including burning records – which, I guess, some thought was different from burning books.

That is the role played by rock'n'roll. To offend sensibilities enough to cause people for societal attitudes, for government behaviour to change. We laugh today at the censorship imposed on Elvis Presely, we laugh that John Lennon could have produced such an outcry. Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols today does nostalgia tours for people of my generation – I am sixty.

Sensibilities change, which means that we change.

Yet this holds true when we are dealing with societies that value the individual and his or her right to free expression. Where today we see more and more of a clash is where different concepts of the rights of the individual come into conflict. Where societies wish to impose their own, often collectivist concept of rights on other societies, on other people. I think the first example of this in modern times was the Fatwa pronounced against Salman Rushdie, who some 30 years ago playfully retold the legends of his own religion in a novel, in an artistic and unorthodox way. But some self-appointed arbiters said they were offended and decided he had to be killed, even though he was living far away in a free liberal democratic society that was based on freedom of expression.

Fearful, his own government – that is to say, Salman Rushdie's own government as a British subject – tried to distance itself from him. Since that time we have seen a number of cases where people who say things, make films or draw cartoons or write books that offend some collectivist sensibility, have been killed or marked for death because they say things that supposedly offend one or another group.

This strikes at the core of the ideas of the Western Enlightenment. The same Enlightenment whose science and art has enabled us to transcend pre-industrial primitiveness, that allows us to produce amplifiers and microphones and records and CDs, videos and Youtube, all of which underly rock'n'roll. Others can copy those things but they cannot create. They can only be created in a tradition that values the role of the individual. Because in order to create, you need to innovate, do things differently from the group, differently from the collective.

Before the Enlightenment we believed that the Sun circled the Earth and people who said otherwise were tortured or burned at the stake. Before the Enlightenment people who were different were accused of being different, to the wild approval of the collective, and they were burned at the stake. Before the Enlightenment, group think outweighed the ideas of the lone individual.

This is the ultimate tragedy of authoritarian societies. You kill creativity, you kill the spark of life and culture, of science. You kill your scientists, you kill your artists. And in doing so you kill your society. And also the chance to change.

Pardon me for being so serious when I myself keep hearing in the back of my skull Mick Jagger singing a song from 40 years ago, from when I was in my third year of college, "It's only rock n roll, but I like it".

But it isn't only rock n roll. It is also Arthur Rimbaud and Ezra Pound, it's Arnold Schoenberg and Vladimir Mayakovsky, it's Lou Reed and Salman Rushdie and Robert Mapplethorpe.

When collective belief systems, be they Marxism-Leninism, Fascism, or one or another religion that thinks it has the unique key to truth, have more of a say than the lone individual, the result is tragedy and the end of any hope for democracy, for freedom or for any real art of any type.

So I wish TMW success. I am proud of this event, which has gotten me in so much trouble for standing up for freedom, more in fact than any other thing I have actually done, which of course is a tiny piddly drop compared to the ocean of suffering endured by those I have stood up for throughout my life. And who, whatever their art form, whatever their form of expression have my undying and eternal respect.

I speak about these perhaps too abstract notions, because freedom is not an abstraction. It is the basis of our lives.

Thank you very much.

Thursday
27 March 2014

Vali lemmikbänd Tallinn Music Weekilt

 

Elephants from Neptune,TMW 2013. Foto: Aron Urb.

Tallinn Music Week koostöös EMT-ga kuulutavad esmakordselt välja publiku lemmiku hääletuse. Lemmikuks pärjatud artisti karjääri edendamisse panustab EMT 1000 eurot. Kõigi publikuhääletuses osalenute vahel loositakse aga välja nutitelefon Sony Xperia Z. Hääletamine algab täna, 27. märtsil.

Lemmiku valimiseks tuleb minna kas Tallinn Music Weeki kodulehele www.tmw.ee või hääletada EMT Live äpis (www.emt.ee/live). Artiste kelle hulgast valida on  festivaliprogrammis 227, lemmik võib olla nii kodu- kui välismaist päritolu.

Hääletada saab kuni esmaspäeva, 31. märtsini. Võitjad, nii artist kui hääletanu, kuulutakse välja esmaspäeval, 7. aprillil nii Tallinn Music Weeki kui EMT kanalites ning Delfis.

Ühtlasi on EMT Live äpis võimalik panna kokku oma kava ehk teha endale personaalne festivaliprogramm. Otseülekandena saab EMT LIVE äpis vaadata ka kahte TMW esitluskontserti – reedeõhtust Rulers of the Deep klubiõhtut F-hoones ja laupäevast Positivus festivali ja ILY Recordsi kontserti Kinos Sõprus.

Koostöös EMT-ga on Tallinn Music Weekil käimas veel teinegi kampaania – “Pildista festivaliemotsiooni”! Osalemiseks tuleb laadida pilt koos märkega #tallinnmusicweek Instagrami. Kõigi fotode hulgast valivad TMW ja EMT esindajad omad lemmikud. Auhindadeks vastavalt festivalipassid ja nutitelefon HTC One Mini.

Tallinn Music Week toimub juba sel nädalavahetusel – neljapäeva pealelõunast laupäeva hilisööni. Restoranifestival “TMW maitsed” ja muusikateemaliste vestlusringide sari “TMW jutud” on aga juba alanud.

Festivalipassid, mis tagavad sissepääsu kõigile festivali kontsertidele maksavad festivalinädalal 55 €. Festivalipass tuleb vahetada käepaela vastu TMW infopunktis Viru Keskuses 24. - 29. märtsini. Soovitame muretseda pilet või pass eelmüügist, et vältida järjekordi. EMT Topeltpluss klientidele on festivalipassid ja eelmüügi piletid EMT Live äpist ostes 20% soodsamad.

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