In the centenary of the Estonian Independence
music Johannes Ockeghem, Margo Kõlar and the Estonian folk tradition
In February 1918, taking advantage of the fall of the Tsarist Empire, Estonia declared independence from Russia, which had ruled it since 1721, and which was to occupy it again after World War II and until 1991. A war of independence followed the 1918 declaration and continued until 1920, when the Treaty of Tartu, granted full autonomy to the Baltic country. But 1918 remains a symbolic date, which Ensemble Heinavanker celebrates by introducing us to the cultural avant-garde of the most digital nation in Europe, capable of combining the ancient with the contemporary. The programme links Estonia to continental Europe through Ockeghem’s polyphony, and combines recent music by the leader of the ensemble, Margo Kõlar, with the vitality of Estonian traditional folk songs.