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Produced by Barbican
A double-bill of Eastern European sounds, with two artists keeping the musical traditions of their heritage alive in inventively different ways.
Söndörgo’s repertoire is based around the tambura, a small and agile plucked instrument similar to the mandolin. They call their sound 'the lost music of the Balkans'. Found somewhere between the fiddle music of Hungarian Gypsy communities and Serbian brass bands, it’s a joyous culmination and celebration of their mixed heritage and languages.
Reworking traditional songs from her Estonian homeland with fiddle, voice and electronic looping techniques, Maarja Nuut creates something which sounds refreshingly new. In her latest album Une Meeles, gritty folk tales are given an even greater sense of atmosphere by her hypnotically beautiful vocal harmonies and intricate layers of strings.
'One of Europe's most versatile and exciting bands'
'Maarja Nuut makes utterly compelling, hypnotic music in the simplest of ways'