Sounds of the Nordic Islands II (Pohjala saarte haaled)
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cd cover The Villu Veski and Tiit Kalluste 5-tet
Sounds of the Nordic Islands II (Põhjala saarte hääled)

Saxophonist Villu Veski and accordionist Tiit Kalluste (both from Estonia) explore jazz and folk music through original compositions and improvisation. They are joined on this second expedition by Raimonds Macats (harmonica, vocals and keyboards), 'Mamba' Abdissa Assefa (percussion) and Taavo Remmel (bass), who generate a completely un-national sound that has roots in many places and none. The music leans heavily to the jazz side of things, with a mellow ambiance that emphasises the complexity of the rhythms and the beauty of the melodies.

The CD include 7 audio tracks and an MPEG video of a concert performance of one of the songs on the CD.


The musicians say:
The sax player Villu Veski and the accordionist Tiit Kalluste are both men quite well-versed in matters jazzy, folksy and improvisational. Curiosly enough, it was only a few years ago when they jointly discovered the singular grace and rarified melancholy of the music of the North.

After a number of duo concerts the tightly bonded tandem "stumbled" into the music of Faroe Islands, and - kaboom! - love at first sight! This grew into an on-going passion and resulted in a yet deeper absorption of the music of the rest of region. At the end of 1998, "Sounds of the Nordic Islands" appeared, a fair and graceful album that injected a dose of fresh inspiration into both musicians.

By today, Veski Kalluste Duo has completed Sounds of the Nordic Islands II as a sequel to their first concert programme. In addition to music's thoughtful/philosophic expressivity springing from duo's first compositions, several sounds and rhythms have been added maintaining an invisible link between both roots and modern times and representing a key to the musical language of Sounds of the Nordic Islands. Live electronics, ethnic percussion and double bass appear as addition to saxophone and ccordion.

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