Summer concerts by the Emajõgi River in 2022

Summer concerts by the Emajõgi River in 2022: the fourth season is coming!

Daniel Levi will start the 2022 Emajõgi summer concert program on July 20 at 8 p.m. The event takes place on the bank of the Emajõgi River, at Lodjakoja. The band describes itself as a five-piece contemporary pop collective from Tallinn, Estonia, whose sonic layers of soul, funk and R’n’B are armed with a lively spirit. The group is led by the creative force of their frontman Daniel Levi Viinalass, whose emotionally charged songwriting and unique presence are inspired by life’s spontaneity and his childhood in the USA. Daniel Levi is a household name in Estonia, regularly appearing on national TV and radios and gaining more and more attention internationally. Their journey through music has taken Daniel Levi across different tones and exciting sound experiments. They created a huge buzz in the electronic pop scene by collaborating with a local EDM success Cartoon for the hit single “On & On”, which has racked up over 518 million plays on Spotify and YouTube all over the world. Today Daniel Levi has arrived at a timeless pop sound glowing with elements of soul, funk, R’n’B and rock that are bound together by a strong message and forceful energy that infects the listener on the first impact.

Line-up: Daniel Levi Viinalass (vocals), Joshua J. Viinalass (drums), Kata Lige (bass guitar), Liivi-Kalli Lätte (keyboards), Carlos Roos (electric guitar)

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The concert will be preceded by a Curated Biodiversity discussion starting at 7 p.m.

 

On August 27 at 8 pm we invite everyone to the Harbor Theater, where Ivo Linna will perform with Supernova. Supernova is a band that, as its name implies, has exploded like a star in the Estonian music world, but then has not disappeared, on the contrary – it has found its way into the hearts of listeners both as a valued live party band and as a cultivator of good 1960s and 1970s beat and rock music. The band was formed in Tartu in 2006 and since then they have released three albums. In 2017, the band took to the stage with Ivo Linna, the grand old man of the Estonian music world, when the song “The Great Lottery” was co-produced. Together they have also toured around Estonia and received always a very warm welcome. The best-known songs of Ivo Linna and Supernova are, among others, “The Great Lottery”, “Natural Charm”, “I’m Here” and “The Way of the Stars”.

Line-up: Ivo Linna (vocals), Rainer Michelson (vocals and guitar), Antti Kammiste (vocals and keyboards), Vilho Meier (guitar), Priit Sootla vocals and keyboards), Mati Sütt (vocals and bass guitar), Kalle Kindel (drums)

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The concert will be preceded by a Curated Biodiversity discussion starting at 7 p.m.

– On August 3, at 8 pm, we will meet under the Sõpruse bridge, on the shore of Annelinna, where the band Jäääär will perform. As said on the band’s website, Jäääär (“edge of the ice”) was born on the 21st of January, 1991 in Tartu, and is noteworthy in the Estonian musical landscape not only because of its unique name. In reaction to the electronic musical tastelessness of the 80s, a group of young musicians came together to create something unique to touch their and their listeners’ souls. The resulting “urban folk”, performed on acoustic instruments, with deep and often penetrating lyrics, was an enchantingly refreshing new musical blend. From the beginning, their trademark was the extensive use of slide guitar, which in those days Tõun played using a porcelain shot glass nicked from his father’s liquor cabinet. (Estonia was in the final year of occupation by the Soviet Union and at that time it was very difficult to acquire decent musical equipment).

The four members of Jäääär came from widely varying musical backgrounds, ranging from country to progressive rock. In the first years of their creative collaboration, they lived, worked and breathed together and besides enjoying life wrote a large number of songs, many of which have become local classics. Outside of Estonia, Jäääär has performed for audiences in Finland, Austria, Latvia and even Japan. To date, the band has been active for almost 20 years. Over this period, the sound of the band has matured and the palette of musical instruments has diversified to include: Irish tin whistles, Hawaiian lap steel guitar, pedal steel guitar, National Tricone, Weissenborn guitar, cajon, mbira and much more.

Line-up: Jaan Sööt, Tõnu Timm, Teet Velling, Tarvo Jaaksoo

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The concert will be preceded by a Curated Biodiversity discussion starting at 7 p.m.

– On August 10 at 8 pm we welcome everyone at the Supilinna swing square. On the first Wednesday of the harvest month, the beloved musicians Villu Veski and Oleg Pissarenko will meet and jam by the Emajõgi River. Villu Veski is a saxophonist, composer, producer and ensemble leader. As an artist, he has travelled through many countries and musical genres, remaining true to his instrument and becoming a kind of saxophone wizard in the best sense of the word. As one of Estonia’s best-known jazz musicians, Veski has performed in the world’s most famous concert halls, including the Berliner Philharmonie, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Tokyo Opera City, Toronto Ford Center, and Bruckner House Austria. His work includes classic alto saxophone works, while on the jazz side the musician prefers old swing style and ethno-jazz and funky-groove.

Oleg Pissarenko is an Estonian guitarist, composer, ensemble leader and producer who is known for his apt sayings and charisma. Pissarenko has been creating and performing unique minimalist instrumental music for more than 20 years, developing his sound language from jazz and post-rock to beautiful piano music. His world of sound has been described as “music in its simplicity and naturalness”, “slowly blooming joy”, “light-nirvana”, “transparent jazz” and “more than just music”.

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The concert will be preceded by a lecture by the Night University starting at 7 p.m.

The Raivo Tafenau Quartet will close the Emajõgi Summer Concert Series of 2022 at the Emajõgi Office Building on August 17. Raivo Tafenau is one of the brightest personalities in Estonian jazz, and Anne Erm, the mother of Estonian jazz, describes him as follows: the audience loves him completely because as a good communicator he can open the hearts of the listeners and play the music that he himself loves so much. It is no wonder then that he is also the busiest jazz musician in Estonia, invited to festivals, concerts and company events. He has many friends here and there in the Gulf of Finland and in many parts of Europe. Concerts with Estonian musicians and guests have taken him to every corner of Estonia and to several continents.”

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The concert will be preceded by a lecture by the Night University starting at 7 p.m.

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!