Maarja Nuut is a singer, violinist, electronic artist, and composer whose work spans a vast range of rich musical worlds. Classically trained and an alumnus of several prestigious music schools and institutions, she’s since delved into a number of disparate genres: Hindustani classical music while studying in New Delhi, Estonian archive sounds and dance, ethnomusicological research, and, more recently, the outer limits of looping and electronic sounds. Fuelled by her instincts and curiosity, such exploration comes from an inner need, and a desire to probe each world’s musical language, techniques, and expressional qualities – elements she swirls into her own, mesmerising art.
Restlessly creative, Nuut has always been interested in storytelling and what the past can tell us about the future; for her, myths provide connection points to the modern world and societal upheaval. Since the release of her debut record Soolo in 2013, she’s received widespread critical acclaim alongside numerous awards, and has toured the world several times over as a solo performer. Known for her compelling, often hypnotic live performances, she’s also collaborated with a number of artists such as Sun Araw, the Estonian Chamber Choir Sireen, Kristjan Järvi, Kiya Tabassian, Howie B and Hendrik Kaljujärv AKA Ruum among others. Maarja’s third solo album ‘Hinged’, released in August 2021 received widespread critical acclaim while being called one of Europe’s most innovative musical artists, always looking to dive deeper (Future Music).
“Maarja Nuut makes sounds that transcend the physical limitations of space and time.”God Is In The TV
“Fourth world folk meets ambient space jazz“Electronic Sound
“Maarja is a sonic astronaut in search of her long-lost home planet.”The Quietus
“Dreamlike and edgy, Hinged is the right kind of weird”MOJO
“On her third solo album, she’s able to turn on a dime from gliding electronica to clattering, punky drums that threaten to fly apart into free jazz, yet somehow keep the sense that this is all part of one process – and a rather shamanic one”MÜ Magazine
“ … that’s what it sounds like when the snow sings.”Simon Le Bon
15 Questions Interviewread here
“A mindbendingly vast album rich in texture, colour and curiosity, Hinged’s world is a direct insight into one of Europe’s most innovative musical artists, always looking to dive deeper.”Future Music
“The Estonian composer and producer finds her own sonic language on a remarkable LP.”Resident Advisor
The Everyday Magazine interviewread here