Documentary performance “Saja lugu” will be the opening event of spring Jazzkaar

28. November 2017

During the republic of Estonia 100th birthday next year, Jazzkaar will open our spring festival with the one-time performane of the grand piece “Saja lugu” (“Story of a hundred”). The documentary cross-genre work will portrait the honest thoughts, feelings and personal stories about living in Estonia today from the hundred Estonians. The authors of the performance are Erki Pärnoja and Jaak Prints and it will take place in an old shipbuilding hangar of port Noblessner.


The poetical generalisation of Estonians here and today will feature original music by Erki Pärnoja and staging by Jaak Prints. Together with live-video, the audience will be faced with a hundred people and musicians.


“The selection is no hall of fame, they are all ordinary people who have been carefully picked amongst all the candidates. They are all very different but yet similar. On the opening night of Jazzkaar on April 20, they will be all on the stage at the special cathedral-like factory hangar, which for one night will transform into an unique concert venue,” says the musical director Erki Pärnoja.


The artistic director of the festival Anne Erm adds: “Jazzkaar 2018 will be opened with a bow towards the Estonian Republic. It is heartwarming to see how this project touches so many Estonians and has brought us such a great team.”


The music of “Saja lugu” will be played by a live band consisting of Estonia’s best musicians, together with the author Erki Pärnoja – Joel-Rasmus Remmel on keyboards, Sander Mölder on cello and electronics, Peedu Kass on double bass, Kristjan Kallas on drums and percussion, together with a brass group, and vocalists Anna Põldvee and Sänni Noormets.


“Saja lugu” will take a visual form through a photo book by Kaupo Kikkas, where the hundred Estonians will be portrayed on photographs together with their most personal thoughts. The texts have been composed of the stories of the people by Laur Kaunissaare. The book is set to release by April 20, 2018.


“Saja lugu” will be brought out with the help of Viru Keskus. The performance will take place at Noblessner Tallinn Shipyard shipbuilding hangar (Allveelaeva 4). Due to the peculiarity of the show and location, every seat will have unique visibility. We ask to dress according to the weather conditions.


The performance “Saja lugu” is part of the Estonian Republic 100 music programme. In 2018, hundred years will pass from the birth of Estonian Republic. More information about the music programme, preparations and events see www.ev100.ee.


The tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, November 29 2017 at 10:00 am at Piletilevi sales points and internet www.piletilevi.ee.


29th Tallinn International festival Jazzkaar takes place from 20-20 April 2018, the home of the festival will be at Telliskivi Creative City. The headlining acts of Jazzkaar are Laura Mvula (April 26, 7:00 pm Nordea Concert Hall), The Bad Plus (April 25, 9:00 pm Vaba Lava) and Ambrose Akinmusire (April 25, 6:00 pm Vaba Lava).


The performance “Saja lugu” is presented by Viru Keskus with the contribution of Noblessner Tallinn Shipyard. The gold sponsor of Jazzkaar is Danske Bank. The main sponsors of Jazzkaar 2018 are KAFO, Jazz Pesulad and Eesti Päevaleht. The accommodation partner is My City Hotel, sponsors of the year BMW, Tallink and Aktaprint. Prike and Telliskivi Creative City help with setting up the festival centre, the café partner is Reval Café. We thank MyFitness and Kodupaber. Laura Mvula will be brought to Estonia with the help of Viru Keskus. Festival Jazzkaar 2018 is also supported by Cultural Endownment, Ministry of Culture, and City of Tallinn.