Finland and Estonia – musical siblings
Finland and Estonia - Brothers in Music

Finland and Estonia – Brothers in Music

Tallinn Music Week is the self-proclaimed "largest indoor festival of the Baltic-Nordic region" and the first logical step abroad for many Estonian artists is their north-western neighbour, Finland. But what kind of a spiritual bond has been built up between the countries since the collapse of the Iron Curtain.
FMQ Spring 2016 Guest Column: Similar but different

FMQ Spring 2016 Guest Column: Similar but different

"The Estonian and Finnish contemporary music scenes share many similarities but also have considerable differences. I can say this from my own first-hand experience as an Estonian composer who has lived and studied in Finland for a long time. The differences may come as quite a surprise, considering how close our two nations are culturally."...
Shared roots

Shared roots

The nature of folk music has always included the shameless borrowing of refreshing material from elsewhere - right now Baltic Finnish influences are rising to the top in Finland.
Music research in Finland looks east

Music research in Finland looks east

In the academic world, Finland boasts a high level of expertise in all things Russian. Over the past decade, musicologists too have begun to show an increasing interest in our eastern neighbour and above all in its history.
Passion against rule(r)s

Passion against rule(r)s

Estonian musicologist Heli Reimann has come a long way, from a country village in Soviet Estonia via Florida to the University of Helsinki. As a musician and a scholar, she immersed herself in Estonian jazz culture in the Stalin era, delving into the reminiscences of musicians of the time and their underground jazz parties.

Singing with our neighbours – Editorial from FMQ Spring/2016

Whatever the geopolitical or economic situation, music remains one of the best tools for fostering understanding between peoples. It is the first step across all manner of borders – to the alien, the other.

New winds in Estonian music

Estonia is near Finland, but Estonian and Finnish contemporary music differ considerably from one another. Composer Kalevi Aho has acquainted himself with Estonian music for instance at Estonian contemporary music seminars in 1995 and 1997 and observed that Estonian composers cannot be bracketed into the same categories as their Finnish colleagues.
In Estonia, music is celebration

In Estonia, music is celebration

BY Antti Häyrynen The Estonian song festival is a concept whose history and significance cannot be assessed with conventional artistic criteria. Since the last century, the song festivals organized in Tallinn have been a demonstration of Estonian culture and national spirit whose power has been strongest at crucial turning points in the nations history. On...