Maarja Nuut – Estonian fiddler/vocalist blends traditional village tunes and songs with contemporary electronics, creating a lush and mesmerizing soundscape. “...creating turning points within and beyond [her] milieu; a one to watch.” fRoots
A fiddler and singer from Northern Estonia, Maarja Nuut’s music combines traditional dance tunes, songs, and stories with live electronics, creating a space where classical minimalism and experimental music meet the village musical traditions of pre-war Europe. While her work is often compared to composers such as Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, and La Monte Young; Matador Records’ Director of Publicity and Artist Liaison notes that “Maarja Nuut is someone that can bring Estonian folk to an international audience. (…) I can see a contemporary indie audience for her as well: for example, fans of Bon Iver, Andrew Bird, and Sigur Ros.”
Having received 2015’s Tallinn Music Week Prize and showcased at Womex 2014, Maarja Nuut recently toured North America, including performances at the Chicago World Music Festival, Kennedy Center, CUNY’s Elebash Hall, and the Toronto Small World Music Festival. She has also performed in Hungary, Poland, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, Italy, UK and France.