It is a refreshing experience for a Finn to listen to Tii ilo: there’s musically something quite familiar, but you don’t get much of the lyrics. Estonian singer and kantele player Mari Kalkun has teamed up with musicians from this side of the Gulf of Finland and created an intriguing musical world consisting of contemporary Estonian poetry, Maija Kauhanen’s bubbling kanteles, Tatu Viitala’s versatile percussion and groovy bass by Nathan Riki Thomson. On top of it all is Mari’s effortless and very enjoyable singing.
MARI KALKUN & RUNORUN: Tii ilo
Rockadillo ZENCD 2159