Miraculous Chamber





St Michael's Church in Tallinn
(Rüütli 9)



Vocal ensemble Heinavanker:
Kadri Hunt, Ilona Muhel, Sander Pehk, Tõnis Kaumann, Taniel Kirikal
Artistic director Margo Kõlar
Tammo Sumera (sound)


Margo Kõlar (b. 1961)
“Sinikangas” / “Blue Weave”, electro-acoustic sounds, entwined with the entire program (2018, premiere)
“Imeline koda” / “The Miraculous Chamber” (2011, version premiere)
“Te Deum” (1995, version premiere)
“Palve” / “The Prayer” (2007, version premiere)
“Issand, halasta” / “Lord, Have Mercy on Me” from “The Pentecost Mass” (2016)
“Au olgu Jumalal’” / “Glory to God” from “The Pentecost Mass” (2016)
“Au Sulle, Jumala Sõna” / “Glory to you, Word of God” (2016)
“Bartimaiose lugu” / “The Story of Bartimaeus” (2015)
“Sinu riik on kõigi aegade riik” / “Thy Kingdom is an Everlasting Kingdom” (2018, premiere)
“Elav vesi” / “Living Water” (2018, premiere)
“Püha” / “Sacred” from “The Pentecost Mass” (2017, premiere)
“Ema Elisabethi palve” / “Prayer for Mother Elisabeth” (2016, version premiere)
“Jumala Tall” / “Lamb of God” from “The Pentecost Mass” (2017, premiere)
“Nüüd Kristus surmast tõusnud on” / “Now Christ Has Risen from the Dead” (2018, premiere)

Liturgical songs by Margo Kõlar, entwined with electronic sounds.

Composer Margo Kõlar (b. 1961) is the professor of electroacoustic music and the artistic director of the ensemble Heinavanker. Kõlar is often inspired by musical liturgy and old electronical instruments. He especially enjoys writing choral works that use well-written Estonian-languge texts as well as pre-language texts.

The vocal ensemble Heinavanker is a unique meeting point for musicians active in different fields. Since 1996 the group under direction of composer Margo Kõlar has delved into early sacred music, our ancestors’ traditions and contemporary imagination. Ancient Estonian runic songs and folk hymns are an important part of Heinavanker’s repertoire. The name Heinavanker originates from Hieronymos Bosch’ (1453–1516) Haywain Triptych. Its allegoric scenes seem as if inspired from today’s life. On this strange painting, there’s a huge stack of hay rolling through a land laboring in acquisitiveness towards destruction. In the midst of this, music arises. Both a snide demon and a praying angel are trying to get the musicians under their domain of influence.