Estonian Music Days


Festival theme “Upside down”

With the 2022 festival, we raise some questions: Why do we do what we do? How do we decide how we do it? Can we do turn things completely on their heads? How? And do we even need to take a different approach? We ask these important “why” and “how” questions and give composers a chance to respond with very personal and radical self-expression.

Estonian composer Eino Tamberg has said that he made a decision one day to compose completely differently – to turn his approach upside down. And then later discovered that not much changed in his work despite the feeling of working differently.

But that drive, that desire to be different, to do things differently; to break out of one’s bounds, to roll out, to hover above them – where does it come from? Is it fear of monotony? Fear of boredom? Vulnerability in the face of life or towards it? In other words, is it selfish?

Or, to be more kind and selfless – is it a wish to experience life from other sides, other viewpoints? Forgetting others within yourself?

Or, to be more unsettling – where has our right-side-up thinking brought us, our focus on “self”? The earth groans under the weight of man’s selfish cleverness. The planet is overheating. We can’t go on like this.
We must turn our approach upside down.

Festival Artistic Directors
Helena Tulve, Timo Steiner

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Festival is supported by Estonian Ministry of Culture / Cultural Endowment of Estonia / Estonian National Culture Foundation / LHV / Tallinn Culture & Sports Department / City of Tartu

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