Opus Estonia100 at Opus Jazz Club
Estonian top musicians perform on the prestigious stages of the capital of Hungary – the Estonia 100 anniversary programme ends with a series of concerts that introduce the finest Estonian music in three genres. The Estonian Music Week organized by the Estonian Institute in Hungary offers both famous names and a chance to find some new favourites. Opus Jazz Club joins the festivities with two concerts on the 29th and 30th of November.
Estonia 100 | Peedu Kass Momentum
November 29 Thursday 8pm
Opus Jazz Club is proud to host Peedu Kass Momentum, which, among other members, includes the Estonian Jazz Ambassador – pianist Kristjan Randalu. Momentum is a bassist led piano-trio with a dashing “in-your-face” stage performance. Adventurous rhythms, sparkling virtuosity and sophisticated compositions are key elements in their performance. If you’re looking for a piano trio with a spark, then this is your choice! They were the first Estonian group to be chosen to perform at the world’s biggest jazz trade show Jazzahead! in Bremen. They’ve also performed in Canada, Australia, Germany, UK, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Russia, Hungary, Finland, Latvia and Estonia. Momentum won the Jazz ensemble of the year award at the annual Jazzkaar Jazz awards and were nominated for Jazz album of the year at the 2017 Estonian Music Awards.
Estonia 100 | Tormis Quartet
November 30 Friday 8pm
Tormis Quartet builds the bridge between classical music, traditional music and jazz. Estonian composer Veljo Tormis (1930-2017) was one of the main choral composers of the 20th century in Europe. The great majority of his works are based on ancient Estonian folk songs. Singer Kadri Voorand and guitarist Jaak Sooäär have sung songs by him in choirs since early age and have always fanned his music. As a part of the celebration of the 85th birthday of Veljo Tormis, Jazzkaar festival proposed a concert consisting of his music in a jazzy context for which Voorand and Sooäär were joined by singer Liisi Koikson and guitarist Paul Daniel. As the debut went very well, the four musicians decided to continue as a group and have performed at all main folk and jazz festivals in Estonia and also in UK, Israel, Germany and Finland. The quartet received the Estonian Folk Grammy as the best new group in 2016. This spring the quartet released their debut album Tormisele – Hommage To Veljo Tormis.