Tallinn Music Week anniversary festival has added Ewert and the Two Dragons, Maria Faust and the opening concert by Kristjan Järvi to the programme

20 February 2018

The new music and city festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW), taking place for the tenth time from 2nd to 8th April has announced new additions of this year’s music programme, including Estonia’s premier indie rock band Ewert and the Two Dragons presenting their upcoming release, acclaimed jazz musicians Maria Faust and Kira Skov and Kristjan Järvi’s international supergroup Absolute Club.

TMW 2018 festival pass at €60 (from 21st February €70) and the combined festival and conference pass at €250 are on sale at the TMW web-store. Single tickets are available at Piletilevi.

The anniversary programme of TMW focuses on a two-day entrepreneurship conference in Tallinn Creative Hub and the music festival with 250 artists from all over the world performing in about 20 clubs and venues from 5th to 7th April. Today TMW has announced 20 new acts from 8 countries.

Producer and conductor Kristjan Järvi’s Absolute Club will open the TMW2018 music programme on 5th April at the Russian Cultural Centre. In celebration of Estonia 100, the opening concert by Sunbeam Productions will take the audience into the club sounds from many different eras – from Birdland to Studio 54 and Palladium in London, from the Roaring Twenties’ jazz to today’s ambient, house and hip-hop. Combining new original music by the New York based Absolute Ensemble, Kristjan Järvi, experimental pianist Francesco Tristano, guitarist Gene Pritsker, and Estonia’s DJ and producer Sander Mölder, acclaimed jazz vocalist Kadri Voorand, and electroacoustic musician Mick Pedaja will create the musical “Wonder Land” – a land of possibilities that overlooks all borders and barriers, creating a new environment for imagination.

Kadri Voorand

Single tickets for the opening concert at 40-55€ are on sale from today at Piletilevi.

Access to the opening concert is granted for ticket holders as well as TMW Priority Pass holders and the combined Conference + Festival Pass holders. The simple festival pass doesn’t grant access to the opening concert.

On Saturday, 7th April Russian Cultural Centre will be taken over by Made in Baltics agency and Sony Music. The Estonian “esoteric rock” band Miljardid will perform from their latest album full of sublime art-pop hits that won three titles at the recent Estonian Music Awards, Ewert and The Two Dragons, the winner of TMW 2011 artist prize, will premiere pieces from the soon-to-be-released fourth full-length album and Rasmus Rändvee makes his first appearance as a solo artist just after releasing his new single in March. Inspired by the likes of Charlie XCX and Grimes, singer-songwriter Iiris will also perform her new blissed out take on electronic pop.


Jazz musicians Maria Faust and Kira Skov will perform their joint musical and multimedia endeavor entitled “In the Beginning”, based on their album with the same name at the Swedish church on Thursday, 5th April. The “post-religious” masterpiece has been nominated for music awards both in Estonia and Denmark.

The programme curated by the Berlin XJAZZ festival on 5th April on Philly Joe’s has added the Luxemburg group KLΞIИ – moving between melancholy and dark tones and featuring a piece called “Tallinn”, as well as a group of brightest young Estonian jazz musicians Lauri Kadalipp Social Jazz to the line-up.

For the fourth time the Fenno-Ugrian association presents the music by Fenno-Ugric peoples at the TMW. The Black Hall of F-Hoone will be the venue for one of Finland’s leading contemporary accordionists Maria Kalaniemi and harmonium player Eero Grundström, both inspired by the lush nature of North Karelia. From Karelia comes the best-known folk ensemble of the region Sattuma, from Sweden the Estonian-Swedish duo Unejõgi that combines mythical runic songs with electronica. The North Sami rapper Ailu Valle and South Estonian singer songwriter Mari Kalkun will engage in a rare and extremist musical dialogue.

The showcase of Intsikurmu and Telia on 6th April at the Green Hall of Telliskivi has added the melodic and powerful “dogmarock” trio Nelson Can from Denmark into their line-up.

The two-day art pop showcase CryptoMarket at Kuku Club has added two artists from Slovenia. On Friday, 6th April the young and fierce underground band from Ljubljana Lynch will join the line-up with a set full of poise and power. Saturday, 7th April will see a self-proclaimed Slavic gangsta-geisha pop artist КУКЛА enter the stage of CryptoMarket, channeling both Milošević-era Serbian female singers and R&B goddesses of the Bush-era America.


New artists added to TMW 2018 line-up:

Absolute Club (US/EE)
Ailu Valle & Mari Kalkun (FI)
Ewert and the Two Dragons (EE)
Folktrio AR-GOD (EE)
Fransesco Tristano (LU)
Iiris (EE)
Kadri Voorand (EE)
Kira Skov / Maria Faust – In the Beginning (DK/EE)
Kristjan Järvi (EE)
Lauri Kadalipp Social Jazz (EE)
Lynch (SI)
Maria Kalaniemi & Eero Grundström (FI)
Miljardid (EE)
Nelson Can (DK)
Rasmus Rändvee (EE)
Sander Mölder (EE)
Sattuma (RU)
Unejõgi (SE)

All artists of TMW music programme confirmed as of 20 Feb 2018

TMW 2018 YouTube playlist

TMW 2018 music festival takes place from 5th to 7th April. The remaining artists of the music festival along with the venues, special events and free City Stage concerts will be announced during February and March. The complete programme of TMW 2018 and the application of My TMW will be published online during February and March.

The core of the TMW jubilee festival taking place from 2nd to 8th April 2018 is music festival by nearly 250 artists from different genres from all over the world and the entrepreneurial conference focusing on the impact of creativity that includes cross-sector discussions on future skills, design thinking, future cities, gender equality and sustainable development next to music industry topics. The TMW city festival offers free city stage concerts, public discussions TMW Talks, a selection of the nicest eateries as TMW Tastes, a specially curated arts programme, Design Market and various activities in the public space.

TMW 2018 is presented by Telia. TMW 2018 partners are the Estonian Ministry of Culture, Estonian Enterprise and Nordic Hotel Forum. Festival’s website is created by Velvet and Festivality, visual identity by AKU.

TMW 2018 Conference + Festival Pass for €250, Festival Pass for €60 (from 21st February €70) and Priority Pass for €150 are available in the web store.
TMW single tickets for €10-20 are available at Piletilevi.
Single tickets for the opening concert at 40-55€ are on sale from today at Piletilevi.

Conference + Festival Pass gives access to the music festival, TMW conference and delegates’ bars as well as to the database of registered participants. Festival Pass grants access to all concerts and includes special offers to other festival parts. Priority Pass grants priority access to all TMW music festival events, including the opening concert and to the delegates’ bars as well as personalised programme recommendations.

All TMW 2018 passes offer discounts in the TMW Tastes participating restaurants and special offers of other festival parts. Clients of Telia receive additional benefits.

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