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Sounds of the Nordic Islands

by Villu Veski & Tiit Kalluste

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Aland's Tune 04:20
Heaven 03:16
Little Bird 02:06


The aim of this album hasn't been the authentic interpretation of Nordic island's music - it's meant to be more like a musical travel report, a vision of the sea, the islands and the people.

“The Baltic Sea, with the indeterminable coastline of its lands and islands, is our Mediterranean of the North – just as open to all cultures as the Other Mediterranean, which has been the cradle of European civilization in the south. For the Baltic-Scandinavian peoples, the Baltic Sea space has been a program, which we have filled with our history, and which we today fill with our essence. It is up to us to choose the ways and the means. Here you have two Estonian men, who have plucked notes from the Nordic islands, and have transformed them for us into today’s world. Here is one way to capture the tunes of the Nordic Mediterranean.”
These words of the writer turned President of the Estonian Republic accompanied Villu Veski and Tiit Kalluste record “Sounds of the Nordic Islands”.


released December 1, 1998

Villu Veski - tenor and soprano saxophones
Tiit Kalluste - accordion, keyboards
Additional musicians:
Madis Matsamart - vibes, brushes (track 4)
Eva Renglin - vocals (track 10)

Recorded at Estonian Radio Studios Febr 23 -May 20, 1998
Sound engineer Tiit Varts
Mastered by Marika Scheer
Wildlife voices by Fred Jüssi
Artwork by Marko Kekishev


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Tiit Kalluste Estonia

Accordionist Tiit Kalluste specialized in improvisational music and jazz. His activities opened up a completely new facet in the Estonian accordion history. Starting out with classical jazz, Tiit has over the years found his own musical handwriting, in tune with the Nordic state of mind. He is one of the initiators and the author of the music of the projects NordicSounds and Jazz 'n' Tango. ... more

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