Triinu Taul: worldwide folk in one throat

08. February 2015
Pilarica Martin

Triinu Taul performed with a band last Saturday, February 7th at 16:00 in Kumu Auditorium, singing a wide range of folk music: from the Sami joiks of Northern Europe to Ainu music of Japan.


Opening the concert with an instrumental song, they delighted the audience for an hour and a half with the music full of different chords, stunning melodies and humming. They made the audience travel around the world to the most pristine places through their songs. The vocal tuned into Sami joiks, Indian, Mongolian, Tuvan throat, Ainu music and even a touch of Chinese cutting-voice, painting the dark Auditorium into the colors of the nature.

Triinu, a multitalented musician with a wide and deep range of voice, also knew how to use brilliantly the pedal effect, recording and repeating the hummings while singing and playing. She even played many wind instruments such as bagpipe, long whistle, and Irish flute. The singer showed the impressive control of her diaphragm, humming and playing Jew’s harp at the same time. 

The traditional Estonian songs were full of their own personality, as one part of a song was translated into Spanish with the collaboration of one folk musician from Chile, giving some fresh tune to it. She also played “Õhtu Ilu” (”The Beauty of an Evening”), which was performed last year in the Dance Festival, sharing the memories of that special moment with the audience.

The other musicians were also spectacular. Peeter surprised the audience by playing the guitar in a bow-style, while Henno was combining the bass and the ukulele bass. On the other hand, Roland didn’t just beat the drums, he used different percussion instruments. 

The band was playing in a perfect combination of melody and rhythm, where the folk music of the world was mixed and served as a cocktail. 


Triinu Taul – voice and wind instruments 

Peeter Rebane – guitar 

Henno Kelp – bass and ukulele bass

Roland Puusepp – percussion & drums 

Kumu Auditorium on Saturday, February 7th 2015