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Maarja Nuut is a fiddler and singer from Northern 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.

Maarja in performance 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”.
This is how she tells us her intimate stories using fiddles, her voice and modern electronics. 

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 June 3 2016.

Bookings in Estonia
Anu Rannu
kontserdid@maarjanuut.com

Bookings in North / South America
Bill Smith, Riot Artists
bill@riotartists.com
Bookings worldwide
(except North / South America, Estonia)
Frank Abraham, F-Cat Productions GmbH
Tel: +49-(0)30 26 103 29 20
frank@f-cat.de

Projects
2016
Maarja Nuut’s album UNE MEELES (In the Hold of a Dream) explores the boundary between reality and dreams. “For me, music and the images and stories hidden in it offer an opportunity to travel from one reality to another, visit a place where everything is possible,” she explains. "I clearly remember the times when I’ve had lucid dreams. It is an experience where the reality and imagination get mixed up and you can choose where, how and in which direction you move. You are away but very much present at the same time.”

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Live
10 Jan 2018
TBA  
Bludenz, AT  
19 Oct 2017
Brussles, BE  
26 Jan 2018
De Warande  
Turnhout, BE  
27 Jan 2018
De Warande  
Turnhout, BE  
15 Aug 2017
Jena, DE  
16 Aug 2017
Bielefeld, DE  
27 Sep 2017
Düsseldorf Festival  
Düsseldorf, DE  
28 Sep 2017
Düsseldorf Festival  
Düsseldorf, DE  
16 Feb 2018
Berlin, DE  
01 Sep 2018
Sommerton Festival  
Wesel, DE  
20 Sep 2017
Tallinn, EE  
11 Oct 2017
Tallinn, EE  
14 Oct 2017
TBC  
Chemillé, FR  
12 Oct 2017
Thessaloniki, GR  
16 Jan 2018
TBA  
Luxembourg, LU  
17 Jan 2018
Luxembourg, LU  
08 Oct 2017
Cēsis Concert Hall  
Cesis, LV  
26 Oct 2017
Muziekcentrum  
Tilburg, NL  
27 Oct 2017
Rotterdam, NL  
05 Nov 2017
Oslo, NO  
11 Nov 2017
TBA  
Kristjansand, NO  
24 Feb 2018
NMF  
Wroclaw, PL  
30 Sep 2017
St. Petersburg, RU  
21 Oct 2017
Whitby, UK  
12 Feb 2016
Chapter Arts Centre  
Wales / UK  
20 Feb 2016
Folk Alliance International  
Kansas City / USA  
01 Apr 2016
Mustpeade Maja / Tallinn, EE  
02 Apr 2016
Vaba Lava / Tallinn, EE  
21 Apr 2016
Pärimusmuusika Ait / Viljandi. EE  
01 May 2016
Vaba Lava / Tallinn, EE  
13 May 2016
Erinevate Tubade klubi / Tallinn,  
08 Jun 2016
London, UK  
30 Jun 2016
Kuhmo, FI  
01 Jul 2016
Berlin, DE  
03 Jul 2016
Binzen, DE  
04 Jul 2016
Murg-Oberhof, DE  
05 Jul 2016
Saint-Louis, FR  
07 Jul 2016
Malmö, SE  
08 Jul 2016
Liestal, CH  
10 Jul 2016
Lörrach-Brombach, DE  
13 Jul 2016
Viljandi, EE  
20 Jul 2016
London, UK  
28 Jul 2016
Viljandi, EE  
29 Jul 2016
Viljandi, EE  
30 Jul 2016
Würzburg, DE  
14 Aug 2016
Lublin, PL  
20 Aug 2016
Tallinn, EE  
24 Aug 2016
Tallinn, EE  
24 Aug 2016
Zürich, CH  
10 Sep 2016
Catania (more details tba)  
Sicily, IT  
11 Sep 2016
Palermo  
Palermo, IT  
14 Sep 2016
Vic, ES  
16 Sep 2016
Tenerife, ES  
23 Sep 2016
Halifax, CA  
24 Sep 2016
Halifax, CA  
25 Sep 2016
Halifax, CA  
29 Sep 2016
Minneapolis, MN  
01 Oct 2016
New York, NY  
02 Oct 2016
East Meredith, NY  
22 Oct 2016
Salzburg, AT  
23 Oct 2016
Salzburg, AT  
28 Oct 2016
Tallinn, EE  
02 Nov 2016
New York, NY  
04 Nov 2016
Eesti päevad Gruusias  
Tbilisi, GE  
11 Nov 2016
Utrecht, NL  
13 Nov 2016
Berlin, DE  
19 Nov 2016
Caen, FR  
27 Nov 2016
London, UK  
20 Dec 2016
Madrid, ES  
08 Jan 2017
New York (NY), US  
09 Jan 2017
New York (NY), US  
21 Jan 2017
Tallinn, EE  
26 Jan 2017
San Diego, US  
29 Jan 2017
Baltimore (MD), US  
02 Feb 2017
Arlington (VA), US  
03 Feb 2017
Cedar Rapids (IA), US  
04 Feb 2017
Madison (WI), US  
14 Feb 2017
Tartu, EE  
11 Mar 2017
Nantes, FR  
14 Mar 2017
Zurich, CH  
15 Mar 2017
Bern, CH  
17 Mar 2017
Marseille, FR  
30 Mar 2017
Tallinn, EE  
31 Mar 2017
Tallinn, EE  
05 Apr 2017
Vienna, AT  
12 Apr 2017
Helsniki, FI  
21 Apr 2017
Copenhagen, DK  
22 Apr 2017
Tallinn, EE  
26 Apr 2017
Tartu, EE  
30 Apr 2017
Dublin, IE  
03 May 2017
Linz, AT  
04 May 2017
Langenau, DE  
12 May 2017
Cardiff, UK  
13 May 2017
Leeds, UK  
15 May 2017
Norwich, UK  
16 May 2017
London, UK  
18 May 2017
Rotterdam, NL  
19 May 2017
Southampton, UK  
20 May 2017
Bristol, UK  
21 May 2017
Morecambe, UK  
27 May 2017
Skopje, MK  
02 Jun 2017
Tallinn, EE  
03 Jun 2017
Nijmegen, NL  
07 Jun 2017
Tampere, FI  
15 Jun 2017
Hannover, DE  
17 Jun 2017
Värska, EE  
09 Jul 2017
Schwerin, DE  
15 Jul 2017
Milan, IT  
18 Jul 2017
Avignon, FR  
21 Jul 2017
Saku, EE  
22 Jul 2017
Hiiumaa, EE  
24 Jul 2017
Huesca, ES  
27 Jul 2017
Viljandi, EE  
28 Jul 2017
Malmesbury, UK  
29 Jul 2017
Raahe, FI  
05 Aug 2017
Vändra, EE  
11 Aug 2017
Innsbruck, AT  
12 Aug 2017
Taucha  
15 Aug 2017
Jena, DE  
16 Aug 2017
Bielefeld, DE  
20 Sep 2017
Tallinn, EE  
27 Sep 2017
Düsseldorf Festival  
Düsseldorf, DE  
28 Sep 2017
Düsseldorf Festival  
Düsseldorf, DE  
30 Sep 2017
St. Petersburg, RU  
08 Oct 2017
Cēsis Concert Hall  
Cesis, LV  
11 Oct 2017
Tallinn, EE  
12 Oct 2017
Thessaloniki, GR  
14 Oct 2017
TBC  
Chemillé, FR  
19 Oct 2017
Brussles, BE  
21 Oct 2017
Whitby, UK  
26 Oct 2017
Muziekcentrum  
Tilburg, NL  
27 Oct 2017
Rotterdam, NL  
05 Nov 2017
Oslo, NO  
11 Nov 2017
TBA  
Kristjansand, NO  
10 Jan 2018
TBA  
Bludenz, AT  
16 Jan 2018
TBA  
Luxembourg, LU  
17 Jan 2018
Luxembourg, LU  
26 Jan 2018
De Warande  
Turnhout, BE  
27 Jan 2018
De Warande  
Turnhout, BE  
16 Feb 2018
Berlin, DE  
24 Feb 2018
NMF  
Wroclaw, PL  
01 Sep 2018
Sommerton Festival  
Wesel, DE  
Press
“ … that's what it sounds like when the snow sings.”
Simon Le Bon
The magic is in the shadows - John Robb is enchanted by the magical folk stories and fiddle playing of Estonia’s Maarja Nuut
John Robb
"Maarja Nuut – just wow. She's definitely something else. A lighthouse of sincerity and weirdness (in a positive way) in today's stormy musical waters quite often populated by lukewarm ""me too"" acts. What an amazing talent.“
Ramunas Zilnys, Lietuvos Rytas
"It would be churlish to miss out on reporting, or raving about, what a phenomenal artist Maarja Nuut is. /--/ Direct yet totally tessellate; sounds from the back of beyond that threaten to trip you over the edge. /--/ There’s a touristy pub in Tallinn centre called Hell Hunt that boasts a painting above the door showing a naked girl, eyes shut and smiling, riding on the back of a grinning wolf. That’s what her music sounds like.”
The Quietus
"Maarja Nuut – she's amazing, an entrancing performer totally in control of what she does and making something that is both rooted in Estonian culture / traditions, whilst also pushing somewhere new and feeling very contemporary.“
David Howell, Fatcat Records 
"Maarja Nuut, a singer and violinist from Estonia, used loops and electronics to build austere, minimalist grids, with traditional-sounding waltzes and polkas floating in them like ghostly memories."
The New York Times
“A simple image of a woman, dark clad and alone with microphone, two fiddles and the ubiquitous loop pedal. That was more than enough for Maarja Nuut to build a spellbinding set combining traditional music, songs, stories and dance. Her poise and grace as performer were enhanced by impeccable English and fine judgement in using the electronics. It was a remarkable blend of ancient and modern in the hands of a skilled performer.”
Tony Benjamin
“Damn, girl, you got us all emotional. Nuut is effortlessly unique, a folk singer from Estonia who tells lengthy folk tales from the homeland, fiddles, loops, dances, adds percussion with her feet while dancing and sings so beautifully that nearby songbirds must shake their heads and just close up their nests. “That’s it guys, time to move on, the gig’s up.”
Si Hawkins, Clash Magazine
“ … a striking solo violinist rooted in local folk but taking it closer to the psychedelic. A transfixing performance.”
Mojo / The Arts Desk
"Maarja Nuut layers vocals and fiddles in tunes drawing from traditional tunes but utterly modern"
Bill Bragin
“Extremely personal and different. An elegant and in some ways very “hushed” mix of deep roots in folk(lore) and in modern electronic music relating to drone / ambient.”
Jan Sneum, Danish DR
“Maarja Nuut found the seam between dada and Baltic folk, her gorgeous songs riven with bizarre allegorical interludes and click-clacking horse noises."
Pitchfork
"What she is doing is much more than ‘translating’ ancient and archaic sources into a present day expressive idiom. She evidently has strong imaginational capacities to reach deeply into magical mystical realms and invoke those by her magnificent choice of expressive means and extraordinary dynamics to get it work concomitantly in her performance. She is not only unique in the way accomplishing this. She is a rare example of a young artist making all senses work together with a deep impact on audience’s perception and emotion as indicated above."
LondonJazz
"There is something incredibly fleeting about her sound that is also incredibly moreish. Talk about ghostly reserve… Once sucked in you become aware of a restless and inquisitive intelligence using a template so transitory, so zephyr-like, that you could miss it if you turn away."
All Things Loud
"Estonian violinist Maarja Nuut and electronics man Hendrik Kaljujärv blend folk, loops and primeval forest chill to enticingly mysterious effect."
Mojo
"Absolute knockout."
The Vinyl District
"Maarja Nuut makes utterly compelling, hypnotic music in the simplest of
ways /--/ Une Meeles feels like everything and nothing."
Richard James Foster, The Quietus
"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
“This is music unsullied by trends, unaffected by anything but the artist’s vision and depth.”
Big Takeover
"Estonian singer/violinist Maarja Nuut operates at the point where traditional folk meets contemporary classical music, applying hypnotic, minimalist modes to rustic tales of birds and horses."
The Independent
".. dangerously beautiful..”
The Line of Best Fit
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Maarja Nuut feat. Hendrik Kaljujärv

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Photos by Kaupo Kikkas, Renee Altrov & Maarja Urb
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Une meeles {2016}

Supporters

During the period 10.12.2015 - 31.07.2017, EstTradMusic LLC receives support from the European Union Regional Development Fund’s project “Developing export activities in the creative industry”. The aim of the project is to develop export activities of the artist Maarja Nuut during 2016 - 2017.

The artist received a grant of 44 860.20 euros.
Maarja Nuut’s album releases, participation at showcase festivals and international concert and creative activities have been supported by: