Music & Videos

Estonian Chamber Music with Accordeon, Guitar and Violin

Posted by on March 18, 2015 at 12:37 pm

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.

My Solo Program for Summer 2014

Posted by on June 13, 2014 at 11:13 am

This summer I have to carry around three instruments because my solo program includes music for theorbo, classical and flamenco guitar. The first concert was on 27th of May at the tower of Tartu Jaani (St. John) church The first floor of tower accommodates 50 listeners and has a mystical atmosphere. And the floor is uneven, […]

Tallinn Music Week 2014

Posted by on March 24, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Kristo Käo (guitar) & Leonora Palu (flute) at Nokia Concert hall on 27th of March, around 21:30. This is the annual Tallinn Music Week – the biggest showcase festival in Nordic and Baltic region: Here is what we will play: R.Eespere / Matbeth J.Reinvere / Water Dance L.Sumera / For BBB and his Friend

Combining chords and melody

Posted by on January 23, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Once you have mastered enough chords to accompany most of the popular songs, you may want to add some melody. Essentially, this needs a bit different approach as you need to pluck bass, melody and chords at the same time. I’d suggest you start with exploring the common chord shapes also a bit higher on […]

Playing lute with orchestra and choirs

Posted by on December 22, 2013 at 3:37 pm

This Christmas I had a wonderful chance to be a member of a symphony orchestra. Nothing special? Well, I played the renaissance lute against orchestra, organ, piano, percussion and 3 choirs (130 singers). It was Mart Siimer’s Christmas story ‘The 4th King’. Lute was included in 8 songs (of 13), being important in 4-5 pieces. […]

Premiere of Piret Pajusaar’s new chamber trio

Posted by on July 4, 2013 at 6:44 pm

The soprano-clarinet-guitar trio is not very common. But it has it all: woodwind, strings and vocal. “Päike pärast tormi” (Sun after the storm) is specially composed for our ensemble by Estonian composer Piret Pajusaar. The premiere took place in early spring  under tough conditions (10 by Celsius in church!) and since then we have played it […]

New trio by Indrek Palu

Posted by on June 9, 2013 at 11:00 am

In autumn 2012 we premiered this piece in a cold church in Pärnu. Now, after a few months we gathered again in sunny Tartu to record this piece in a live setting. The composition was a part of Indrek’s composition studies at the Estonian Academy of Music. Performers: Leonora Palu (flute), Indrek Palu (violin), Kristo […]

Auvergne songs by Joseph Canteloube

Posted by on August 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm

This spring and summer I had concerts with a guitar-soprano-clarinet trio. I arranged a series of Canteloube’s Auvergne songs to these instruments. They are very beautiful and soon I will arrange some more and we will prepare to record those. At one concert we recorded something but guitar is a bit too far from the […]

Chamber Music for Trio

Posted by on January 29, 2012 at 10:23 am

I played a small series of chamber concerts with a very demanding program: Debussy Sonata for Harp, Viola and Flute (of course, guitar replacing the harp), Takemitsu “Toward the Sea” and Schubert’s “Arpeggione”. Here is a video from our performance at the annual festival Fiesta de la guitarra:

4 Concerts a Day, 5 Programs a Week

Posted by on November 29, 2011 at 1:51 pm

It has been a crazy week: Sunday, 20th Nov. Opening night of a guitar festival in Tartu. New chamber music program with guitar, flute and viola (Schubert’s Arpeggione, Takemitsu’s Toward the Sea and Debussy’s Sonata for harp, flute and viola). 400 km to drive, home for night. Monday, 21th Nov. Teachers’ courses in Jõhvi, total […]