Exciting times ahead

My summer has been relaxing and really hot! I got used to the tropical heat in Estonia at last just when it turned to normal again. Right now I am working on three album projects and I am really excited about the music and how I can plan our hectic everyday life with two schoolchildren from now on. Tomorrow me and Hannah James start to work with our duo album in Wales in the lovely studio runned by Dylan Fowler. And we are going to have a photo session of course. With dresses and all that other lovely female stuff seasoned with some serious accordion playing attitude. My teaching jobs are getting more interesting every year. This year I have two master students in Estonian Music and Theatre Academy and I am tutoring one master thesis for the first time! My boys are developing in their music playing, 9-year old playing eagerly everything from Bach to traditional music on his fiddle and 7-year old drumming on everything he finds. They both have excellent teachers who are demanding and inspiring at the same time! Later in the autumn another recording session with Mari Kalkun and Pastacas is going to happen in Turku, Finland. And my solo album is slowly getting done together with Villu Talsi & Timo Alakotila and with help from multitalented Johanna-Adele Jüssi! Life is in running mode with everything which comes with it. Stay tuned for some new music and pictures really soon!

A chat with Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Estonian singer-songwriter Mari Kalkun, Estonian zither player Tuule Kann and Sirje Voitka. We talked about mr. Ilves fiddle playing daughter and got to know that he is not fiddling together with her despite the Suzuki method, the missus does that :-) It all took place at the Mr. & Mrs. Ilves reception in Kadriorg on the 20th of August to celebrate the Day of Restoration of the Independence of Estonia. Photo by © Rene Riisalu

A chat with Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Estonian singer-songwriter Mari Kalkun, Estonian zither player Tuule Kann and Sirje Voitka. We talked about mr. Ilves fiddle playing daughter and got to know that he is not fiddling together with her despite the Suzuki method, the missus does that :-) It all took place at the Mr. & Mrs. Ilves reception in Kadriorg on the 20th of August to celebrate the Day of Restoration of the Independence of Estonia. Photo by © Rene Riisalu