Estonian Music Days & ISCM World Music Days 2019
“Through the Forest of Songs”
Estonian Music Days 40th edition
02nd May- 10th May 2019
Estonian Music Days will celebrate its 40th edition in 2019 by bringing an international event to Estonia – ISCM World Music Days.
The theme for 2019 is “Through the Forest of Songs” which is a journey of songs and stories inspired by nature and choral music.
The festival is held over nine days and will take place mostly in Tallinn but also in Tartu, Alatskivi and Laulasmaa. The concerts will be hosted in different venues around Tallinn, including Lennusadam, Creative Hub, Estonia Concert Hall, St. John's Church, St. Nicholas’ Church, House of the Blackheads, ERR’s First Studio, Kanuti Guild Hall; in Laulasmaa at the Arvo Pärt Center; in Tartu in St. Nicholas’ Church; in Alatskivi Castle and elsewhere.
World premieres composed by the following Estonian composers will be performed at the festival: Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes, Ülo Krigul, Toivo Tulev, Galina Grigorjeva, Helena Tulve, Elis Vesik, Margo Kõlar, Ardo Ran Varres, Age Veeroos and many others. In addition, contemporary music from more than 50 different countries will be performed.
The works of international and Estonian composers will be performed by the best Estonian music groups: Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Vox Clamantis, Collegium Musicale, Ellerhein, Estonian National Male Choir, Estonian Police and Border Guard Orchestra, Hortus Musicus, Yxus, Ensemble U:, Una Corda and others. Furthermore, guest music groups from Latvia, Sweden and Finland are invited to Tallinn to perform and enrich the program with their presence. Distinguished musical duos and solo artists will also give performances: Kadri-Ann Sumera, Talvi Hunt, Ulla Krigul, Signe Sõmer, Vambola Krigul, Kristi Mühling, Monika Mattiesen and Laura Põldvere.
Since the beginning in 1979, for 40 years by now, Estonian Music Days has been the most significant festival focusing on the works of Estonian composers. EMD presents the newest production by them, also combining musicians of diverse fields and different art forms.
The ISCM World Music Days organised by the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) is an annual international contemporary music festival which has become one of the most important festivals of its kind. Each year the festival takes place in a different city, where it joins forces with the substantial local festival or organization dealing with contemporary music. After taking place in Estonia this year, the festival travels to Christchurch and Auckland in New Zealand.
Having been an important promoter of contemporary music around the world for almost a century, the ISCM has endorsed the works of many exceptional and innovative composers from Schoenberg, Ravel and Stravinsky to John Cage and Olivier Messiaen.
In 2014 Arvo Pärt was the first Estonian to be chosen as an honorary member of the ISCM.
The festival pass includes entry to all concerts that take place from the 2nd to the 10th May 2019 (except “Into the fire” opera which takes place on the 6th May in Sadamateater).
To gain entry to the concerts, a prior registration is required for each concert. The registration will open latest on the 1st March 2019 on Fienta system on the basis of festival pass number.
It is not possible to register for ERSO’s concert which will take place on the 3rd May 2019 at 19:00 in Estonia Concert Hall. An additional ticket is required which can be taken from the information stand 1 hour before the start of the performance. The festival pass is also required.
An unregistered festival pass does not guarantee entry!
The exact schedule of the festival will be announced in February 2019.