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Fri 12.07 

at 7 p.m 

Velise church


The program of the concert is mainly made up of Estonian corals, the melodies of which were written down as heard from the people at the beginning of the 20th century. These melodies represent the spiritual tradition of song that existed in the outskirts of Estonia at that time, which was the time before the use of the organ to accompany the singing of the congregation. “Corals with twists” were sung by the lead singer and also outside the church, where they began to “live their own lives” so to speak. In these folk corals, the melodies used in the Lutheran Church can often be recognized, but they are simplified in some cases, and, on the other hand, more decorated.

Next to the folk corals, the program includes sentimental songs of the brotherhood congregation the melodies and texts of which come from 19th century manuscript songbooks at the Estonian Literary Museum. At the beginning of the 18th century, the movement of the brotherhood congregation spread in Estonia, with the emphasis on sincere and ecstatic “faith of the heart” among its followers. In the brotherhood religious practice, song lessons were really important, and began to appeal to the people so much that offences were punished by banning the participation of these lessons. It is known that singing in song lessons was accompanied with instruments, such as flute and zither, which are the main accompanying instruments in this program as well.

The coral compositions have been created as a co-creation of the band, the sound image has been enriched with Estonian folk instruments as well as music of the instruments of the Middle Ages.


Ensemble Triskele
Tarmo Tabas - song
Ergo-Hart Straight - Song
Heikki-Rein Veromann - flute, song
Toivo Sõmer – lute, mandola, candle, song
Janno Mountain - drums, bell play, song


The members of the band Triskele are united by the interest in the music traditions of different countries and nations. These influencs have been used creatively by the band to create their own sound image and interpret the source material. In twenty-two years of operation, the band Triskele has released seven CD albums: alongside Estonian folk corals, the band has been inspired by an archaic runo song reserve, and the music of the European Middle Ages has been consistently played.

The band combines folk singing and a rich set of instruments in its compositions. Estonian folk instruments (zithers, mandola, jew’s harp) as well as the instruments of European Middle Ages (lute, flutes, drums) can be heard. The composition of the band, which has remained almost unchanged for two decades, form a group of friends who, alongside playing music, are engaged in different areas of life, such as acting, radio work, and teaching at a school of interests and university.

Ensemble Triskele has given concerts in many churches in Estonia and performed in the folk and church music festivals. Triskele has been seen, for example, at the Montalbane and Usedom festivals in Germany, the Holy Vaclav music festival in Prague, the Sommelo folk music festival in Finland, the international festival Skamba skamba kankliai in Vilnius and a dozen times at the Viljandi Folk Music Festival. In October 2017, Ensemble Triskele received the annual award of the Estonian Cultural Endowment for performing Estonian sacred folk songs and carrying on traditions.





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