Tallinn Music Week is one of the most important music festivals in the Baltic region. This year, during the festival’s tenth edition, more than 250 bands from around the globe will perform in Estonia’s capital. Three Polish bands will perform: the Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet, Kapela Maliszów and Resina.
Tallinn Music Week (2nd – 8th April 2018) is a great opportunity for Polish musicians to network and foster contacts that can lead to interesting collaborations in the future. It is a major meeting point for Eastern, Western and Central European creative communities and can serve as a bridge to the Scandinavian market. In 2017, seven Polish artists performed at the festival.
Raymond Põldmaa, Head of the Music Festival Programme, said:
In 2009, during the first edition of the festival, we had 67 bands playing, only two of which were from abroad. Now, during our tenth edition , we proudly present the most intriguing talents from over 30 countries around the world.
This year, over 250 bands and artists will perform at Tallinn’s clubs and other venues. Three Polish bands will perform: the Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet, Kapela Maliszów and Resina.
Wojtek Mazolewski is a bassist, composer, and a leading figure of the contemporary Polish jazz scene. The music of Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet brilliantly combines traditional jazz with other kinds of contemporary music (such as punk, rock and electronica). Their live shows are very powerful – audiences react extremely emotionally to their music.
The band started this year with a new single. The 12” vinyl London released by Lanquidity in the UK in April, has been enthusiastically received in the UK and Europe, by music fans and critics alike, and has been aired on BBC Radio, NTS and Worldwide FM. WMQ has played 250 concerts in 15 countries since 2015.
The Malisz family hail from Męcina Mała, a small village in the Beskid Niski region of the Western Carpathians. This family band, Kapela Maliszów, is the multi-instrumentalist Jan Malisz along with his daughter Zuzanna doing vocals and percussion and his son Kacper on violin and basolia.
The rich variety of traditional folk songs and dance music from the Gorlice region are the basis of their repertoire as well as the inspiration for their original compositions. They are characterised by fiery, trance-like mazurkas driven by the precociously proficient violin playing of Kacper Malisz and the organic improvisatory interplay of a family brought up on music.
Resina’s work is the result of experiments with a cello and simple electronic tools marked by the desire to explore non-obvious characteristics of the instrument. In 2016, the artist signed a record deal with legendary British label FatCat Records’ 130701 (home to the likes of Max Richter, Hauschka and Jóhann Jóhannsson) and a publishing contract with Mute Song.
Her self-titled debut solo album was very well received. The Quietus called it ‘strikingly atmospheric... an evocative sound-world which moves from dreamily luminous to unnervingly dark... evoking an often intensely moving sense of longing.’ Throughout the past two years, she has played shows around the UK and Europe – all of which were met with rave reviews. Her next album will be released by FatCat Records’ 130701 in July 2018.
Having started out as a music industry conference and showcase festival, TMW has broadened its concept into an all-encompassing city festival, covering arts, design, technology, city space, food culture and various societal issues. Alongside the festival, a two-day conference will take place (6th – 7th April). The Creative Impact Conference will focus on the future of music, new economy, civic initiative, gender politics, better cities and design thinking. The event will present over 100 speakers from game-changing entrepreneurs to influential pop culture auteurs.
One of the main themes of the conference will be equality in the music industry. The conference will include the first official meeting of the Keychange programme – an initiative that aims to change the music industry so that by 2022, it will employ the same number of women as men. Emily Eavis of the Glastonbury Festival and producer Tony Visconti are among the ambassadors of Keychange.
In addition, the conference will be attended by Arne Van Oosterom, pioneer of design thinking, Marko Uibo, co-founder of the Social Innovation Lab and Laura Aaben, co-founder of the Policy Lab of Think Tank Praxis. A full list of delegates is available here.
Find out more: www.tmw.ee
The event is co-organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute within the Don’t Panic! We’re from Poland programme.
Sources: press materials, compiled by KA, translated by NR, Apr 2018