MARI KALKUN & RUNORUN
The soundscapes of Runorun grow from inner rhythms into the wild roar of voices and strings. Led by Mari Kalkun, their music relies on the powerful South Estonian song tradition. In close dialogue with contemporary poetry and songs in several endangered Fennic languages, their new album celebrates the beauty of moving and being on the road. “For me, being on the road involves something magical, unexpected, and rhythmic”, Mari explains. Fantasy, adventure and improvisation takes the listener to a musical journey on which they can follow and sing along.
Their music is characterized by Kalkun’s warm voice and ability to fill the room with deep, suggestive atmosphere. In Mari Kalkun & Runorun’s music, past and future mix without hesitation—traditional lullabies become reflections of our restless world and contemporary poems mingle with rare, even extinct local languages. Although the band has only four members, all of them stand out for their versatile instrument skills and courageously discover the acoustic effects creating noise, buzz and beauty without any electronics. These multinational musicians have a very loving touch towards their instruments and each other.
Mari Kalkun & Runorun has been playing at various world music, folk and contemporary music festivals and venues in Estonia, Finland, Hungary and accompaning Estonian President mr. Toomas Hendrik Ilves at his state visit to Lithuania in 2014. Mari Kalkun & Runorun album “Tii ilo” was released in April 2015 by well-known Finnish label Rockadillo Records, later on also by Afterhours (Japan) and in 2016 by Nordic Notes (Germany). The album “Tii ilo” was nominated for Album of the Year 2016 both in Estonian and Finnish music awards.
Mari Kalkun (EE) – vocals, Estonian kannel, Finnish kantele
Maija Kauhanen – vocals, Finnish Saarijärvi kantele