• Saturday 28 August
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Clandestino Festival 2021: Maarja Nuut / TootArd


She began playing violin at the age of seven, and later studied classical music at the ­Tallinn College of Music. However, driven by her ­curiosity and passion for folk music, she has delved deep into many other genres. At 21, she traveled to New Delhi to study traditional music. After ­returning to Estonia, she began digging in archives for field recordings of songs from the villages before the Soviet era. She ­continued her ­studies in Stockholm and immersed ­herself in music from, among others, the Polish countryside.

Her live performances are often ­enchanting. Using her violin, voice and a loop pedal she combines the moods, stories and melodies of forgotten cultures, in the pursuit of a universal language. Maarja Nuut is a master of the subtle,  demonstrating with small means the enormous possibilities of expression of the human voice. Among her many collaborations are projects with Estonian chamber choir Sireen, Sun Araw, Howie B and Hendrik Kaljujärv, aka Ruum.



Rami and Hasan Nakhleh grew up in the Golan heights. Like many others in the Israel­occupied territories they have never owned a passport, instead they are using a document called ­‘Laissez passer’ to be able to travel. ­Laissez ­Passer is also the name of an album they released in 2017, influenced by both desert blues and reggae.

Since then the brothers have shifted the focus of their music, back to the Lebanese and Egyptian electronic disco of the 80s. Hasan Nakhleh nostalgically recalled a simple ­keyboard with oriental scales he used to have in his childhood home. He tracked down a ­second hand ­instrument of the same type and that became the start of their latest album Migrant Birds. It is smooth, sparkling, and filled to the brim with pining melancholy. Most of the tracks are built on funky disco with microtonal synth melodies – sometimes the album feels like a Levantine ­mirror work to Daft Punk’s Random Access ­Memories. But Tootard’s most important ­influences derive from the Egyptian guitarist Omar Khorshid, who, alongside keyboardists like Ihsan Al-Munzer, introduced Western disco and funk to classical Arabic tonalities. As the title Migrant Birds suggests, freedom is a ­recurring theme: the dream of moving freely across physical borders and walls, but also across those invisible barriers that limit one’s way of being and loving.

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