Summer concerts by the Emajõgi River in 2021

The series of Emajõgi summer concerts is coming again!

This summer, from July 28th to August 25th, we will meet at various concert venues by the Emajõgi River. Live music can be enjoyed and listened to in Lodjakoja, on the terrace of the University of Tartu Delta Center, on Car-Free Avenue, on the beach of Tartu Emajõgi (on the shore of the Song Festival Grounds) and in the area of Sadamateater (The Harbour Theatre). The events start at 19.00 with exciting lectures, where you can hear the talks by Ööülikool and group discussions on Curated Biodiversity (both in Estonian). The talks will be followed by concerts at 20.00, which will offer a musical experience from jazz to folk.

The series of Emajõgi summer concerts want to bring more live music to Tartu’s summer urban space, especially to new and diverse concert venues by the Emajõgi River.

Sandra and Jalmar Vabarna will start the Emajõgi Summer Concerts 2021 program on July 28th at 20.00. The event takes place at Lodjakoja. Sandra and Jalmar are musicians who have gained knowledge while studying in Estonia and in Sweden. They are currently playing together in the band Trad.Attack!. The traditional music has permeated both Sandra and Jalmar and it has inspired them to write their own songs. At the concert, you will hear stories that have been meaningful to them in their musical and life path.

Sandra – bagpipe, whistles, song
Jalmar – guitar, vocals

Before the concert, at 19.00, there will be a talk by Ööülikool, where social scientist Marju Lauristin will be speaking.

On 4th of August at 20.00, we invite you to Car-Free Avenue, where the vocal ensemble Greip will perform. Greip is a 6-member a capella ensemble. This year, the band celebrates its 15th anniversary. Over the years, they’ve given concerts both in Estonia and abroad. In 2012, Greip was nominated in two categories at the Estonian Music Awards: Best Ethno/Folk Ensemble of the Year and Best Song of the Year. The nominated song “Rain Spell” also performed at the EMA Awards Gala. The repertoire of the concert consists of very diverse songs. The program includes calm ballads as well as vigorous rock music, pop and folk arrangements and the band’s original music.

The musicians performing for you will include Karin Leetsar (soprano), Mari Holm (alto), Fred Rõigas (tenor), Kristo Ukanis (baritone), Reimo Kiisk (bass) and Rauno Muttik (beatbox & baritone).

Before the concert, at 19.00, there will be a group discussion on Curated Biodiversity, where biologist and nature photographer Urmas Tartes and semiotician and poet Timo Maran will be speaking.

On August 11th at 20.00, the Raivo Tafenau Quartet will take the stage at the terrace of the UT Delta Center on the Emajõgi River. Saxophonist-accordionist-ensemble leader-composer Raivo Tafenau, who is full of positive energy, has been one of the busiest Estonian musicians for already 30 years. During his musical career, he has created countless different jazz ensembles with both Estonian and international musicians. The musicians performing for you will also include Joel Remmel (keyboards), Heiko Remmel (bass) and Ramuel Tafenau (drums).

The band has been together for almost 6 years. Recently, Raivo Tafenau released a new album called “The Same Differences” with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and his jazz band. Heikko, Joel and Ramuel are young well-known jazz musicians who have both solo albums and dozens of studio sessions to show. The concert includes mostly Raivo Tafenau’s original work.

Before the concert, at 19.00, there will be a talk by Ööülikool on the topic “Jõgi” (“River”). Writer Tõnu Õnnepalu will be speaking.

On August 18th at 20.00, we invite you to the pleasant sand of Tartu Emajõgi beach (on the shore of the Song Festival Grounds), where the bands RÜÜT and Nedsaja Küla Bänd (Nedsaja Village Band) will perform.

The charm of RÜÜT’s music lies in its versatile and curious approach to Estonian traditional music. The ensemble’s musical roots are deep in Estonian folk music, but the crown moves in the diversity of the modern world. In this way, arrangements are made of both runo-songs and old instrumental songs. At the same time, the repertoire does not lack its own, original songs, which reflect influences from the music and styles of different nations.

Nedsaja Küla Bänd is a real dancefloor heater! The band has grown out of a small forest village and unites three men with very different backgrounds. They’ve been playing together since 2013 and have been following their unique path and gradually mixing up different sounds enjoyable for people of every age. Their concert offers the listener calm and touching moments, but also crazy energy, in which one can feel a real Seto atmosphere.

Before the concert, at 19.00, there will be a group discussion on Curated Biodiversity, where historian David Vseviov will be speaking.

The summer concert series 2021 will end on August 25th at 20.00, when Ivo Linna, Supernova and Antti Kammiste perform at the Sadamateater (The Harbour Theatre). Ivo Linna has been cooperating with Supernova since 2008, during which they’ve released also two albums “Iff – Original” and “The Big Lottery”. They are currently recording a new album to be released in the autumn in cooperation with many Estonian well-known musicians.

Before the concert, at 19.00, there will be a group discussion on Curated Biodiversity, where architects Tiit Sild and Urmo Mets will be speaking.

The best cities in the world are those through which a river flows! See you in Tartu by the Emajõgi River!

PS! All the concerts and talks are free of charge.

The best cities in the world are those through which a river flows! See you in Tartu by the Emajõgi River!