Lyrical, trippy, trancelike, transcendent: fiddler Maarja Nuut creates remarkable soundscapes from the traditional dance tunes, songs, and stories of her native Virumaa in Northern Estonia. She often builds from a single violin motif, deftly looping it and adding harmonic layers with voices and violin improvisations. “Quite often, in looking for the action in, or a way into, a place’s current tradition-rooted scene, one comes across a person who’s the key. Musically outstanding, questing and driven, not only in their own music but creating turning points within and beyond their milieu; a one to watch. And in Estonia’s quite young folk revival I reckon it could be violinist-singer Maarja Nuut” (Andrew Cronshaw, fRoots). Her performances are unforgettable, deeply folkloric, and yet thoroughly modern.

Saturday, Sept. 26

First Christian Church, 9-10:15pm

Sunday, Sept. 27

Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 3-5pm

Presented in partnership with IU Department of Central Eurasian Studies, IU Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center and Women of Lotus.

Soend / Labajalg from Maarja Nuut on Vimeo.