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“Peaceful Choir” by harpist Lavinia Meijer and chamber choir World Choir of Peace is a relaxing musical journey through the manifold colors and sounds of contemporary choral music

Peaceful Choir

Maarja Nuut – VIOLIN

Maarja Nuut is a singer, violinist, electronic artist, and composer whose work spans a vast range of musical worlds. Classically trained and an alumnus of several prestigious music schools and institutions, she’s since delved into a number of disparate genres: Hindustani, classical music while studying in New Delhi, Estonian archive sounds and dance, ethnomusicological research, and, more recently, the outer limits of looping and electronic sounds. Fuelled by her instincts and curiosity, such exploration comes from an inner need, and a desire to probe each world’s musical language, techniques, and expressional qualities – elements she swirls into her own, mesmerising art. Restlessly creative, Nuut has always been interested in storytelling and what the past can tell us about the future; for her, myths provide connection points to the modern world and societal upheaval. Since the release of her debut record Soolo in 2013, she’s received widespread critical acclaim alongside numerous awards, and has toured the world several times over as a solo performer. Known for her compelling, often hypnotic live performances, she has also collaborated with a number of artists such as Sun Araw, the Estonian Chamber Choir Sireen, Kristjan Järvi, Kiya Tabassian, Howie B and Hendrik Kaljujärv AKA Ruum among others. Her album with the latter, Muunduja, was released in October 2018 on the UK label 130701.

Maarja Nuut on her composition “Threads“ for the World Choir for Peace:

Threads can be seen as often unnoticed connections that our lives are filled with and that build our story. They can become meaningful after some sort of a turning point or we only realise the impact of someone or something on us years later.

I had recorded a small section of looped improvisation back in summer 2019. Five months later my grandmother passed away and suddenly that short sequence of harmony started haunting me. I decided to develop that idea for a choir and so while writing the piece, I was also thinking of my grandmother a lot and reflecting many things I had forgotten about… When the composition was nearly finished, I found a poem by Nizar Qabbani which I had written on some notepaper and everything just came together. “Threads” is a piece about the power of love.

Had I told the sea
What I felt for you,
It would have left its shores,
Its shells,
Its fish,
And followed me.

In the summer
I stretch out on the shore
And think of you.

photo © Renee Altrov