During the next year, the video blog "100 Bagpipes" is publishing 100 videos where well-known Estonians are trying to play the Estonian bagpipe for the very first time.
The year 2015 is dedicated to music and 100 people from different walks of life make their acquaintance with the Estonian bagpipe. This will be the first time for all of them to play this seemingly complex instrument.
The author of the idea behind "100 Bagpipes", Sandra Sillamaa, wishes to raise people's awareness about Estonian bagpipe and the important role it has played in our history. During the project, 100 videos are published on the blog which also includes interesting information and quotations about Estonian bagpipe.
Sandra Sillamaa claims, "I believe that role models are very important in music. That's why I started playing the bagpipe. In addition to the fact that "100 Bagpipes" introduces Estonian bagpipe, it also shows that everyone can play an instrument, regardless of their age or previous experience. You don't have to be a professional musician to enjoy playing an instrument and to find great pleasure in it."
Indrek Vaheoja who is the head of the Raadio 2 morning programme, drummer Reigo Ahven, sports commentator Tarmo Tiisler and musician Eeva Talsi have already had their date with the bagpipe. Indrek Vaheoja describes, "When I held the bagpipe for the first time, I was slightly concerned about what would happen if I failed to get a sound out of it on a live show and fell into utter disgrace in front of the whole of Estonia. Fortunately, that wasn't the case – I managed to get the instrument going and my mood improved immensely. I felt like a better person after playing the bagpipe. I recommend you all try it out!"
The blog is available at the project's homepage, Youtube channel and on Facebook. The videos are filmed by Siim Sillamaa and the film and photography company Pimik. The project is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and the Council of Gambling Tax.
Sandra Sillamaa is a renowned Estonian bagpipe player who plays in the bands Trad.Attack!, Paabel and Ro:toro. She has graduated from UT Viljandi Culture Academy and Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.