SOUTHAMPTON Turner Sims
University of Southampton
Hailing from Northern Estonia, fiddler/singer Maarja Nuut combines traditional dance tunes, songs, and stories with live electronics to create a space where minimalism and experimental music meet the village musical traditions of pre-war Europe.
Her second album Une Meeles explores the boundary between reality and dreams and was named one of last year’s top 10 albums of 2016 by fRoots. The album was also picked by Songlines for their Top of the World accolade.
Having received the 2015 Tallinn Music Week Prize and showcased at the 2014 Womex festival, Nuut now brings her unique renditions of Baltic folk music to venues across the UK.
‘ Maarja Nuut makes utterly compelling, hypnotic music in the simplest of ways ’
‘ That’s what it sounds like when the snow sings ’
‘ Estonian fiddler Maarja Nuut takes her country’s folkloric tunes on a stunning personal journey. Her voice’s unusual pitches and repetitive phrasing form gradually shifting soundscapes. ’