Mari Kalkun (Estonia) | Las Lloronas (DE/BE/USA/NL/ES)
The New Generation of World Music Voices
We present a new generation of world music artists. Las Lloronas are undoubtedly one of the emerging bands of the Brussels world music scene. With their original mix of world music and slam, Amber in ‘t Veld (ES / NL), Sura Solomon (BE / USA), Marieke Werner (DE) intrigue you from the first moment. Accompanied by accordion, guitar, ukulele, clarinet and vocals, Lloronas blends intimate lyrics with harmonies and melancholic melodies full of fragile power.
“Gentle, dignified and utterly beautiful. As a singer, writer and instrumentalist, Kalkun is a musician whose work is a jewel in the crown of the rich Estonian scene.” – Fiona Talkington, Songlines
A voice that seems to speak to us from the heart of the Estonian forest, Mari Kalkun’s music is at once of a place and deeply personal. Rooted in ancient Estonian and Võru traditions, and played on a variety of instruments including kannel and accordion, her music—for those of us with ears and hearts open—resonates deep within us to touch our spirits, our souls, even when the language is strange to us. Songs and musical arrangements that are sparse and stripped down allow emotions to surface, and the song breath and reveal itself as something organic and real. Hers is an intimate music—born of Baltic winter forests and icy landscapes— and yet there is renewal, hope and celebration to be heard. Mari Kalkun’s music has a timeless quality and unhurried sense of time and space.
“Kalkun’s singing is at the heart of things; joyous and lamenting by turns, but always poised and melodious, her poeticism apparent even without translation. A magical creation.” – The Guardian