Maarja Nuut is a fiddler and singer from Estonia. Her music combines traditional dance tunes, songs, and stories with live electronics to create an intricate layered soundscape in a space where minimalism and experimental music meet the village musical traditions of pre-war Europe
In her performance, Maarja searches for a lively and relaxed state like a cat poised to leap. She says this state “gives rise to music and makes me want to prolong being in the moment while altering ways of seeing, hearing and perceiving. It is always “now” and old tunes are as fresh as improvisations which were born a second ago”.
In the spring of 2013, Maarja released her debut album “Soolo” that generated a small buzz in Europe, including many glowing reviews as well as favourable comparisons to Czech avant-garde violinist Iva Bittová and a Twitter shout out from Duran Duran front man Simon Le Bon. Maarja has toured the USA, Canada and Europe, won the Artist Award at Tallinn Music Week, and made a very successful showcase at the WOMEX International Conference in Spain. Since then Maarja has been selected to play at various important showcase festivals such as Eurosonic Noordeslag, APAP, Mundial Montreal, Folk Alliance International, MENT Ljubljana, Lost In Music etc. Her second album, “Une meeles”, was released internationally spring 2016 and has reached great attention and appraise around the globe.
“Absolute knockout.” The Vinyl District
“Maarja Nuut makes utterly compelling, hypnotic music in the simplest of ways.” The Quietus
“ dangerously beautiful[…]” The Line of Best Fit
“Maarja Nuut found the seam between dada and Baltic folk, her gorgeous songs riven with bizarre allegorical interludes and click-clacking horse noises.” Pitchfork
“Nuut is a fearless explorer. She has delved to depths previously unknown, and emerged with treasures beyond your wildest dreams. […] It’s modern in the sense that no one has ever done something like this before, this is new music, and timeless because it feels like it’s been around forever.” Nitelife Magazine
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