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Lossimuusika: Leonora Palu (flute), Kristo Käo (theorbo, classical guitar)

March 26, 2015

25th of March 2016. The ‘Lossimuusika’ (literally ‘castle music’) is a series of chamber concerts that takes place in the summer residence of the emperor Peter I. We played a mixed program of J.S. Bach, C.P.E Bach, Couperin, Reinvere,Takemitsu and Telemann. I think Telemann was Leonora’s solo. Total effort was 37 h (includes driving to Tallinn […]

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Early Baroque with Ensemble Floridante

March 25, 2015

March, 21st, the European Day of Early Music. At St Mikael’s, Tallinn. Ensemble Floridante: Meelis Orgse – baroque violin, Saale Fischer – harpsichord, Tõnu Jõesaar – viola da gamba, Kristo Käo – theorbo. Program: “Alla romana” About 50 listeners which is pretty good considering there was another baroque concert in a neighbor church. Photos from the […]

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Estonian Chamber Music with Accordeon, Guitar and Violin

March 18, 2015

March, 5th at St Luke’s Tartu. Contemporary Music Festival dedicated to Heino Eller. Kadri Sepalaan – violin, Külli Kudu – accordeon, arrangements, Kristo Käo – guitar, theorbo. Program: Jõeleht, Arro, Steiner, Jaanson, Eespere, Sumera. A beautiful contemporary sacral building and good acoustics, too. Audience: about 30 which is normal.

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Playing a Martin From Year 1921

February 3, 2015

During my recent stay in the United States I had the rare chance to play a Martin from 1921 which is in a very good shape. I almost never touch anything that has other than gut or nylon strings but this time I thoroughly enjoyed playing this beautiful instrument. I think this is as close […]

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Duo Floridante and Sensitive Baroque in Liepaja

January 24, 2015

The beginning of January saw two members of our baroque ensemble Floridante – Meelis Orgse and me – performing a duo program Sensitive Baroque in the Hika Hall of the Hotel Promenade in Liepaja, Latvia. The program mostly consisted of works by the early Italian baroque masters but not only: Girolamo Kapsberger (1580 – 1651). […]

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Charpentier for Christmas

January 3, 2015

Between Christmas and New Year I was invited to play with the Corelli Baroque Orchestra. The program consisted of music by Marc Antoine Charpentier: the famous Te Deum, Messe de minuit pour Noel, and a Concerto for strings. The concerts took place in the St John’s of Tartu and Tallinn. Both freshly renovated and beautiful […]

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Russian Songs with Alexander Ivashkevitsh

November 26, 2014

It was already a a few yers ago when we first performed with Alexander . I had played at his famous tap dance show and accompanied him a couple of times. We also recorded some music a while ago. But last year we took it up more seriously and have performed with a full program since then. We […]

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Unusual Venues Vol 2

October 17, 2014

Today at midnight I will play a recital at the Old Water Tower of Viljandi. It is part of the annual Viljandi Guitar Festival who published a short interview with me on that occasion (not my translation!): INTERVIEW 1) On which aspects of your performance would You recommend the audience to concentrate? Let’s say that […]

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Playing at Unusual Venues: Hospital and Jail

October 2, 2014

Yesterday was the international day of music – 1st of Oct. On that occasion Estonian Music Council organized 147 free concerts around the country. The performers included all major orchestras, most of the important chamber ensembles and soloists. The venues ranging from schools, trains and plain to jail and mental hospital. My day started at 10:30 […]

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A Program of Early Italian Baroque Music

September 25, 2014

On Sat, 20th of Sep 2014 at 4:00 PM in Pärnu St Elisbeth’s we played a program with the baroque music ensemble Floridante and soprano Kai Kallastu. Members of Floridante that played in that program: Meelis Orgse (baroque violin), Saale Fischer (harpsichord), Tõnu Jõesaar (viola da gamba) and Kristo Käo (theorbo). Meelis has studied the violin […]

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