Photo by Maarja Urb
A young and gifted fiddle player/singer Maarja Nuut is the first ever Estonian artist to be selected to perform at the official WOMEX programme. Taking place in Santiago de Compostela, Spain 22-26 October, WOMEX is the most important international professional market of world music of every kind, bringing together professionals from the worlds of folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, WOMEX presents 32 musical acts on this year’s programme, including renowned Ed Motta from Brazil, Ethiocolor from Ethiopia, Orkestra Mendoza from United States. Acts from our neighbour countries include Ilkka Heinonen Trio from Finland and Otava Yo from Russia.
As a result of years of dedication, Maarja Nuut is now in the carefully elected circle. The work of the young and gifted fiddle player/singer is inspired by traditional dance tunes and songs that tell stories of the past. Her unique playing style and characteristic sound is greatly influenced by village musicians and dance traditions, while occasionally using loops to create a sound both archaic and modern. Maarja’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘Soolo’ was released in spring 2013.
According to Ben Mandelson, from the WOMEX team Maarja's passionate calm and solo folk-looping skills so charmed them at Tallinn Music Week last spring.
Mandelson adds: "Her presence reflects the growing international interest in artists from the whole Baltic area which is due, in large part, to events such as Tallinn Music Week and Viljandi Folk Festival which highlight the musical talent of the region. We are looking forward to welcoming the first Estonian act to WOMEX!"
Maarja Nuut will be accompanied by Estonian Traditional Music Center delegation and several folk musicians to introduce the center’s work as well as Estonian music at the Womex trade fair.
Womex is taking place 22-26th of October in Santiago de Compostelas, Spain.
Listen to Maarja Nuut’s ‘Soolo’