Festival of Oriental Music
The first ever concentrated show of oriental music in Estonia, a tradition going back to the year 1992, has brought the most authentic performers from India, Siberia, Middle East, Central Asia, Far East, and South East Asia. It is certainly a leading musical event in the Baltic States where music lovers can enjoy performers like Hariprasad Chaurasia, ensemble Kodō, Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar, Jivan Gasparyan, ensemble Huun-Huur-Tu, Alim Qasimov, Burhan Öçal, Sevara Nazarkhan, Gyuto and Gyume Buddhist monks, Wu Man, etc. Keep a close eye on our website and advertising – the show goes on.
Orient Festival artistically directed by Peeter Vähi is an event comprising any kind of ritual, folk and traditional classical music of Asian origin. Most of the festival performers are chosen in their natural environment during the numerous visits to the Asian countries. Orient festival aims to be diverse, representing the most important cultural regions of Asia: Arab countries, India, Tibet, Siberia, China, Indo-China, Japan, etc. We must admit that not everything presented during the festival is absolutely authentic and pristinely “pure”. Year by year it is harder to find musicians bearing pure centuries-old tradition. A Siberian refuses to sing without microphone, the works of some Japanese conductors sound more American than those of a true American, an Arab tries to make merchandise out of his faith, a Korean monk demands thousands of dollars for a fee, a Cambodian folk-musician’s favourite refreshment during an intermission is Coca-Cola. Finally, when you manage to find someone who is really authentic, he claims to come directly from Shambhala. That’s the way it is at the beginning of the 3rd Millennium and we have to take it or leave it.
Peeter Vähi − artistic director
Tiina Jokinen − management director
Kadri Kiis − accountant
Olavi Sööt − logistics
Mart Kivisild − design
Kaur Garšnek − programme booklet
Johannes Vähi − website
Tarmo Tuvike − marketing
We would like to thank our partner Toyota AS!
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