Creative Impact

Mari Kalkun

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. Acclaimed singer/composer Kalkun’s mesmerising creation intertwines strands of ancient runosong, contemporary nature poetry and personal meditation, together with traditional and experimental instrumentation. Rooted in ancient Estonian and Võru traditions, her music — for those with ears and hearts open — resonates deep within us to touch our spirits, our souls, even when the language is strange to us. Since releasing her first solo album in Estonia in 2007, Mari has toured Europe and sold albums as far afield as Japan. In 2019 she earned Annual Music Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and a year before Tallinn Music Week artist award. Her fifth and latest album “Ilmamõtsan” was rated to top 10 best world albums in 2018 by The Guardian. In 2018, she received the TMW artist award, and in 2019, Kalkun won the annual award of the Estonian Cultural Endowment’s sound art endowment, which is the most important recognition in Estonia in the field of composition. This year, Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR) named her the Musician of the Year 2020.