Eesti Fest was a celebration of Estonian music and culture at Kings Place. It was funded by Kings Place and the Estonian Embassy. Fiona Talkington curated the event and asked me to work alongside her as producer.
Fiona is best known for presenting Late Junction on Radio 3. She has an astonishing knowledge of music, is relentlessly inquisitive and open to new sounds, works incredibly hard travelling around pursuing varied projects - and is a lovely person to boot.
We started talking about the festival in 2010 and it took a year to make a reality. We were determined to show as much of the varied, vibrant Estonian scene as possible and travel a little further up the cultural tributaries than the well-known names such as Arvo Part.
It was a really satisfying project. The week included a 4-piano orchestra joined by the composer Urmas Sisask on shaman drum, Estonian bagpiping from folk trio Suuro Pilvo, the sublime Vox Clamantix, experimental guitar from Robert Jurjendal and the Weekend Guitar Trio, who also collaborated with Toyah Wilcox, plus the head of Skype talking about how a small band of techies in Tallinn revolutionised the IT industry.