No Estonian artist has before been included in the main programme of the great world music event which takes place in Santiago de Compostela in Spain on October 22-26.
Several Estonian performers have applied for the invitation, which has become a sign of quality on the international traditional music scene, but to no avail until now.
Womex is the most widely acknowledged convention for world music professionals which is celebrating its 20th jubilee this year. Incorporating a music and film festival, a musicians' "marketplace", conferences and different award ceremonies, the event has become the largest of this kind in the whole world.
The programme of this year's Womex music festival consists of 32 artists including several absolute superstars of the genre like Ed Motta from Brasil, Ethiocolor from Ethiopia, Orkestra Mendoza from the USA, etc. Our region is represented in the main programme by the Finnish Ilkka Heinonen Trio and Otava Yo from Russia who has also performed in Viljandi. As a result of several years' of hard work, Maarja Nuut is included in this carefully selected programme.
Maarja Nuut is a fiddler and singer from Virumaa in Northern Estonia who is fascinated by the tunes of old village musicians and structured patterns of traditional dances. Using the minimalistic sounds of the looper, she creates unique soundscapes on the stage where traditional dance tunes, songs and stories combine with live electronics. In the spring of 2013, Maarja released her debut album "Soolo" ("Solo") which has received a lot of attention and acknowledgement around the world. The album was chosen to be a favourite of the English magazine fRoots and was featured on their compilation album.
In addition to Maarja, a delegation from Estonian Traditional Music Center and several Estonian traditional musicians also travel to Womex to set up a booth and introduce Estonian music and Traditional Music Center to the world. The programme manager Tarmo Noormaa will also take part in order to gather inspiration for the next year's festival programme.