Andre Maaker and Karol Kuntsel will perform at this year’s family concert on October 23!
At a traditional family concert on Sunday morning, all age limits disappear again. Music made from an immediate presence offers the joy of recognition, singing together, parables, interludes and new friends.
Old friends and schoolmates Karol Kuntsel and Andre Maaker will meet on stage, whose last joint stage sharing dates back to the last century and promises to be strangely warm and fresh, full of stories and songs from Saaremaa and who knows where else!
The concert will be organized in accordance with the rules applicable to public events during this period. The organizer reserves the right to make changes to the program.
Chris Thile (USA) will perform at the Viljandi Guitar Festival on October 20.
MacArthur Fellow and Grammy Award-winning mandolinist, singer, songwriter Chris Thile, who the Guardian calls “that rare being: an all-round musician who can settle into any style, from bluegrass to classical,” and NPR calls a “genre-defying musical genius,” is a founding member of the critically acclaimed bands Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek. For four years, Thile hosted public radio favorite Live from Here with Chris Thile (formerly known as A Prairie Home Companion). With his broad outlook, Thile creates a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike, giving the listener “one joyous arc, with the linear melody and vertical harmony blurring into a single web of gossamer beauty” (New York Times).
Most recently, Chris recorded Laysongs, out June 4, 2021 on Nonesuch. The album is his first truly solo album: just Thile, his voice, and his mandolin, on new recordings of six original songs and three covers, all of which contextualize and banter with his ideas about spirituality.
Be quick when buying tickets, because the discounted prices only last for a limited time and there is a limited number of tickets!
✨ Very Early Bird Tickets at a price of 80 € / 60 € will be on sale until the end of May.
✨ Early Bird Tickets for 40 € / 35 € are on sale until the end of August.
✨ Tickets for 45 € / 40 € are on sale from the beginning of September until the festival or until they run out.
Pedro Martins & Daniel Santiago (BR) will perform at the Viljandi Guitar Festival on October 22.
Santiago and Martins have been performing together for several years, with Santiago playing acoustic guitar and Martins electric guitar with the addition of mesmerizing wordless vocals. Simbiose, the debut album from the duo, was released in 2017. Simbiose comprises nine original tunes – eight written by Daniel Santiago and one written by Martins. The result is a delightful set of interaction between acoustic and electric guitars. The captivating music contains jazz, classical and Brazilian traditional music elements.
The Brazilian guitar player Pedro Martins (1993) is one of the most promising musicians of the new generation. In 2011, he released his first solo album Dreaming High. His debut album was entirely written and arranged by the young artist himself. In his latest musical endeavour – the album VOX – the Brasília-born artist dreams up a jazz fusion sound infused with deep Brazilian background elements and rock/pop sensibilities.
Daniel Santiago is a composer, guitarist and music producer who for the past 20 years has been an active and key contributor to the Brazilian and world music scenes. Originally from Brazil, Santiago is deeply rooted in the traditional sounds of his homeland, and also cites English rock of the 1970’s and 80’s and the contemporary aesthetic and complexities of modern jazz as major influences upon his unique and diverse musical world. His work is characterised by the development and search for an original sonic language, and a remarkable ability to translate deep, resonant emotion through whichever musical medium he chooses.
The duo of Jaak Sooäär and Ivo Sillamaa will perform with Bach’s special program on October 23 at the Viljandi Guitar Festival.
At first glance, the ensemble of piano and electric guitar seems unexpected to perform J.S. Bach’s music, but pianist Ivo Sillamaa and guitarist Jaak Sooäär have successfully tested its suitability. Piano and guitar are great for playing polyphonic music, and from time to time it’s hard to figure out which instrument is currently playing. The duo’s concerts in many parts of Estonia and also in Turkey have been unexpectedly successful, and in the beginning of 2018 the duo’s album with J.S. Bach’s music was released.
Ivo Sillamaa, a long-time pianist and long-time harpsichordist of the ensemble Hortus Musicus, is a very sensitive ensemble partner, whose play is characterized by improvisation, a refined sense of style and the ability to creatively approach the design of a solo part.
Jaak Sooäär, one of the most active jazz musicians in Estonia, has performed J.S. Bach’s music in various ensembles, mainly under the direction of Andres Mustonen. In recent years, his repertoire also includes J.S. Bach’s solo works.
Viljandi Guitar Festival and Tartu 2024 present: the festival’s guitar orchestra, on October 21 in Estonian Traditional Music Center.
This year’s festival guitar orchestra gathers under the guidance of Andre Maaker around the music of Sven Grünberg. Reviving images from Klaabu to Lotte. In Grünberg’s sound world, you can find timeless melodies and harmony landscapes that invite you to improvise.
What is a guitar orchestra? As every year, workshops will take place within the framework of the guitar festival, where young guitar students will be guided by capable pedagogues. The study concludes with a concert by the guitar orchestra formed by the students who completed the workshop, where all guitar lovers will have the opportunity to solo and perhaps show their talent to the world for the first time.
Jaagup Jürgel will perform at the Viljandi Guitar Festival on October 19.
Jaagup Jürgel is the winner of the 2021 Tiit Paulus Young Guitarist Award. His fresh line-up presents both his own creations and a selection of the best in popular guitar music. The concert is organized in cooperation with the Estonian Jazz Association.
Jaagup Jürgel has studied at the Heino Eller Tartu Music College. He is currently acquiring knowledge at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater. He has starred in Ele Millistfer’s album “Alguse paik”, he also plays guitar and bass guitar and has arranged and produced for Linalakk’s album “Eluilu”. Jürgel has also collaborated with the bands Justament, Kõrsikud, Estraadiraadio and Kiks.
Janno Trump Clarity Ensemble (EE) will perform at the Viljandi Guitar Festival on October 20.
In his latest work, the author tries to find a common ground between improvisational and classical music.
In his work, Janno has always tried to balance the spiritual and physical music experience. While the spiritual aspect of the music written for his previous solo project, JT Conception, is often hidden behind rhythmic and engaging function screws, the Clarity Ensemble, as the name suggests, brings the author’s thoughts to the audience clearly and directly, in the most acoustic and natural way possible. The new creative period is inspired by the crispness of Nordic life, its beauty and Estonian nature. As the entire concert program was composed by Janno while living in the Netherlands, it reflects a distant look at his homeland
Janno Trump Clarity Ensemble is the latest musical project by Janno Trump, one of the most respected young composers and bassists in the Estonian jazz scene. and his roots.
Janno Trump Clarity Ensemble brings together the best Estonian younger generation musicians:
Janno Trump – bass guitar, compositions
Joel-Rasmus Remmel – piano
Ramuel Tafenau – drums
Linda-Anette Verte – violin
Mari-Katrina Suss – violin
Ann Mäekivi – viola
Andreas Lend – cello
Jon Gomm (UK) will perform at the Viljandi Guitar Festival on October 21.
Jon Gomm is a singer-songwriter and acoustic solo performer based in Yorkshire, UK, known for his once-seen-never-forgotten virtuoso guitar style. His style involves slapping, tapping and returning as he plays, producing a huge, multi-layered sound filled with bass, drums and near-orchestral depth and complexity, all from a single guitar. His songs are often deeply emotive, whether with or without his soft, affecting voice and his live performances are intimate and powerful, but always punctured by his natural North Of England wit and self-deprecation.
His breakthrough came in 2012, when he released his first ever single, Passionflower, along with a video of him performing the song, which went viral, totalling well over 20 million views across platforms. Jon has released 4 studio albums. In 2020 he was voted “Best Acoustic Guitarist In The World” in the largest online poll of its type, conducted by MusicRadar and its sister publications including Total Guitar and Guitar World. Ibanez guitars launched the JGM10 and JGM5 Jon Gomm Signature Model guitars in 2021. He’s the 3rd guitarist ever to design a signature acoustic with Ibanez, the previous two being Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.
Kristiina Watt (EE) will perform at the Viljandi Guitar Festival on October 21.
Kristiina Watt, an Estonian lute player living in Great Britain, is currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama under the guidance of lute players William Carter and David Miller. On the concert stage, Kristiina regularly acts as a continuo player and accompanist and has performed in both younger and more recognized ensembles/orchestras, including the Academy of Ancient Music, The English Concert, Scottish Ensemble, the BBC Singers and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Kristiina plays in the band Spiritato and has also developed herself as a singer and has studied under the guidance of Dame Emma Kirkby in several master classes.
Theorbo, also known as the chitarrone, was one of the most valued instruments for accompanying soloists in the early baroque period. In addition to this role, a stylistically diverse solo repertoire also developed over time. The concert program will focus on solo works composed for theorb from 17th century Italy and France. The program includes Kapsberger, Piccinini, Castaldi, Couperin, de Visée, le Moyne.
Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio (USA) will perform at the Viljandi Guitar Festival on October 22.
Guitarist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, and Heartcore Records founder Kurt Rosenwinkel has long been known as a singular creative voice at the forefront of modern music. His imaginative integration of electronics, rich idiosyncratic harmonic colours, genre-bending aesthetics and his masterful collection of original compositions has inspired generations of musicians and listeners and has left an indelible mark on the 21st century sonic landscape.
The trio consists of the jazz luminary Kurt Rosenwinkel, bassist Lucas Traxel and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. The trio’s initial success was brought by the album released in 2009 “Kurt Rosenwinkel Standards Trio – Reflections”, the latest album “Angels Around” was released in 2020. Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio last performed at the Viljandi Guitar Festival exactly five years ago, in 2017.
Máté Palásti (HUN) will perform at the Viljandi Guitar Festival on October 21.
Máté Palásti, Hungarian guitarist – as the former student of the guitar master Ferenc Snétberger – have had the opportunity to play music with Richard Bona, Paolo Vinaccia and other great musicians.
Roma roots are very important in his life, and influence his music. He plays jazz, latin, Brazilian, flamenco music with lots of Hungarian folk elements and his improvisation skills make his music unique. The continuous concert invitations inspire him a lot to show his colourful musical dimension on his beloved Benedetto guitar. Palásti plays on a Benedetto Bambino Deluxe jazz guitar built especially for him by the Benedetto Guitars, Inc. of Savannah.
Peedu Kass (EE) will perform at the Viljandi Guitar Festival on October 22.
Peedu Kass is a valued double bass player in the European jazz landscape, who transcends the genre boundaries as a versatile musician. He has collaborated with prominent European and American jazz musicians such as Seamus Blake, Django Bates, Tony Allen, Marilyn Mazur and others. The Peedu Kass Momentum created by him won the Jazz Ensemble of the Year 2017 award and was chosen as the first Estonian jazz ensemble to perform at the world’s largest jazz fair “Jazzahead!”. In addition to his jazz studies, Kass has studied composition with Tõnu Kõrvits and plays in the bands Miljardid, Erki Pärnoja and Anna Kaneelina.
He has composed music for symphony orchestra, big band, television shows and his instrument playing is recorded on more than 30 records. In 2022 he was awarded the title of Jazz Composer of the Year. Outside the larger ensembles, this concert at the Viljandi Puppet Theatre is a unique opportunity to hear Peedu playing alone and opening his musical inner world to the audience.
Raul Vaigla (EE) will perform at the Viljandi Guitar Festival on October 21.
Estonian bass legend Raul Vaigla, who has played in significant bands that have influenced the Estonian music landscape, such as Radar, the BOS project and, of course, Ultima Thule, turns 60 years old. Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the release of his first solo album “Soul of Bass”, to celebrate the occasion, songs from this album will be presented at the Viljandi Guitar Festival concert. In 2012, Vaigla released a textbook and the DVD “Become a Bass Player in Six Months”. In 2019, the Vaigla received the 5th class Order of the White Star from president Kersti Kaljulaid.
Raul will perform at the Viljandi concert with his long-time Finnish friends. At the concert you can enjoy the composition of:
Raul Vaigla – bass
Tero Saarti – trumpet
Ricardo Padilla – percussion
Petteri Hasa – drums
Madis Muul – keyboards
The flagship of Estonian gypsy jazz Titoks will perform at the Viljandi Guitar Festival on October 19.
The bright, skillful, attention-grabbing and insanely technical, but at the same time mild sound of Titoks is something that has only arrived in Estonia in the last century. The band’s music takes the listener on a journey in a time machine, where forgotten nostalgic melodies, energy-filled swing rhythms and the hazy atmosphere of smoky cabin music are discovered.
Titoks has been operating as a trio since 2016, during which time they have played on more than 106 different stages and in more than 11 different countries. In 2018, they recorded their debut album “When Day is Done”. Since 2020, they have been acting as a quartet, with the aim of performing the traditional sound of gypsy jazz.
NB! Along the way so far, they have survived bilateral pneumonia, a fracture of the arm and service in the Defense Forces – if you want to see and hear the magic that holds us together, come to the concert!
To enjoy the concert, please book a table in advance! If you want to have dinner, please come at least 1.5 hours before the concert so that you can enjoy the food properly. Table reservations through TableOnline or by calling the café on +372 435 9795.
Traditional festival jams are coming again this year! Every day, starting at 10 p.m., at Mulks!
Musicians from the University of Tertu Viljandi Academy play in the house band, and as is customary at jams, all those who can play instruments are invited to the stage! Be sure to be there, because life has shown that it is at these jams that you may have the opportunity to meet Viljandi Guitar Festival performers outside the concert hall.
Jams are free of charge for all. Come and enjoy!