Notorious Pae Kollekiiv
Five Estonian musicians mostly active on the jazz and improvised music scene have formed a creative collective called AVARUS. They will perform with their bands Pae Kollektiiv and Heliotroop on 28th of March at the jazz showcase.
Kadri Voorand, Mingo Rajandi, Kirke Karja, Meelis Vind and Virgo Sillamaa, the members of AVARUS explain that the collective is meant to become a vehicle for advancing their individual creative interests. That means organising concerts, collaborations and projects for all the members as well as their ensembles, but also having a hub of administration and representation that takes on some features of a label or agency. AVARUS can even function as a grassroots level export platform.
"Playing together in different groups, often sharing the creative input makes the idea of a shared initiative only a logical next step", Virgo Sillamaa explains. Another feature that strongly unites these five is the mixture of musical subcultures that they spring from and also aim for. Meelis Vind and Kirke Karja have both jazz and classical performance background; Mingo Rajandi trained as a jazz bassist only to continue her studies in classical composition. Kadri Voorand and Virgo Sillama have a jazz upbringing, but the music they create (most notably together in Kadri Voorand trio) often searches far and wide across the stylistic spectrum for expressing their ideas. The Estonian word AVARUS means “ampleness”, “wideness” and “spaciousness” - a fine label for what these musicians strive for.
Pae Kollektiiv and Heliotroop - two of the ten groups currently in AVARUS portfolio - are also performing on the TMW jazz stage on 28th of March. Pae Kollektiiv is Kirke Karja's new group showcasing her talent and ambition for composing for a larger line-up (six horns + piano trio). It caused quite a stir with its debut performance on the Estonian Jazz Gala concert (sic!) organized by the Estonian Jazz Union and a full concert later in KUMU (Art Museum of Estonia).
Heliotroop features four AVARUS musicians. Songs are based on texts by fine Estonian poets. The music is an organic mix of intricate compositional elements, complex forms and expressive unbridled improvisational energy.
For more info:
www.avarusmusic.com (currently under construction)