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Kristjan Järvi to open Tallinn Music Week with 'Radiohead Rewritten'

Estonian-American producer and conductor Kristjan Järvi.
Estonian-American producer and conductor Kristjan Järvi. Source: (Franck Ferville/TMW)

Estonian-American producer and conductor Kristjan Järvi will open the 2017 edition of Tallinn Music Week on March 30 with the concert "Radiohead Rewritten."

According to a TMW press release, the opening concert, which will be held at Tallinn Creative Hub, will take the audience on a journey through the different eras and influences of club scenes from the Radiohead era until now.

The event will include Steve Reich's "Radio Rewrite," a piece based on themes from Radiohead songs, as well as music written and performed by Gene Pritsker, beatbox world champion Bellatrix and Kristjan Järvi, accompanied by Estonian collective Glasperlenspiel All Stars. Järvi and his Estonian production company Sunbeam Productions will serve as artistic director and producer of the event, including visual and sound design.

Reich's "Radio Rewrite" (2012) will form the backbone of the concert, combining motives from Radiohead's "Jigsaw Falling into Place" and "Everything in Its Right Place." The five-part work is a symbiosis of Reich's unique style and pop music, focusing not only on borrowed melodies but also harmonies and chords that form the foundation of the British band's music.

The afterparty following the concert, taking place in two halls at the Creative Hub, will feature an electronic set entitled "Rip Up the Stage" by Järvi, Bellatrix and Pritsker — performing this time under the name Di.J.NoizePunk — as well as Scotland's C Duncan and Estonia's own Maarja Nuut, Hendrik Kaljujärv and Mart Avi.

About the performers

Kristjan Järvi's work is characterized by the conductor's signature approach in taking a fresh look at the old, with concepts and presentation transcending the borders of classical music. The son of Estonian conductor Neeme järvi, he himself is the music director of the Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, founder and leader of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic and founder and director of the Grammy-nominated Absolute Ensemble. He has collaborated with such composers and artists such as Joe Zawinul, Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich and Hauschka, one of the highlight performers at this year's TMW.

Russian-born American DJ Gene Pritsker is the founder and leader of Sound Liberation, an eclectic ensemble combining hip-hop, chamber music, jazz and rock. He has composed over 600 works, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music as well as songs for hip-hop and rock ensembles.

World beatbox champion, bassist and vocalist Bellatrix is a musical innovator and songwriter from the UK whose influences range from hip-hop to jazz to folk. Known for her work with the Boxettes and psychedelic hip-hop outfit Dizraeli and the Small Gods, she is currently focusing primarily on her solo career.

Estonia's Glasperlenspiel All Stars is comprised of a number of renowned Estonian musicians and collectives, including the Prezisioso String Quartet, pianist and composer Kristjan Randalu, cross-genre drummer Hele-Riin Uib, percussionist Heigo Rosin, flutist Heili Rosin, jazz pianist Kirke Karja, bassist Mihkel Mälgand and saxophonist Martin Kuusk.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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