Forged from the kindred Celtic traditions of Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man, pyrotechnic instrumental five-piece Ímar have hit the global folk scene like a tornado. Their breathtaking debut album, Afterlight, clinched them the 2018 Radio 2 Folk Awards' Horizon prize, swiftly followed by sophomore release Avalanche, which topped the iTunes world music chart.
Featuring Ryan Murphy (uilleann pipes), Mohsen Amini (concertina), Adam Brown (bodhran and guitar), Tom Callister (fiddle) and Adam Rhodes (bouzouki) - and comprising members of Mànran, RURA, Talisk and Barrule - Ímar fuse the camaraderie and craic of Glasgow's celebrated session scene with fearsome technical prowess and legendary live performances.
Maria Mazzotta & Bruno Galeone
Previously with the “Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino” band, Mazzotta has gone on to become one of the most appreciated voices on the European world music scene.
She fearlessly passes through all the emotions that love can arouse, with the song as a vehicle for catharsis, consolation, strength, and as a “cure”, which is so very typical of popular tradition
She is coming to Viljandi with Bruno Galeone, a talented accordionist from Madagaskar.
Maria Mazzotta - vox and percussions
Bruno Galeone - accordion
Marko Markovic Brass Band
Marko Markovic inherited his love for music from his father, the legendary trumpet king Boban Markovic Marko and Boban have been playing together in an orchestra for years. Marko Markovic has formed Marko Markovich Brass Band on May 2016.
Orchestra has 9 members:
Solo trumpet player and vocal Marko Markovic
Ramo Teder (Pastacas) – talharpa, vocals, electronics
Marko Veisson – talarpa, vocals, electronics
Starting from the 2011 / 2012 season Estonian National Male Choir is led by chief conductor and artistic director Mikk Üleoja. In 2015 Estonian National Male Choir and Mikk Üleoja were awarded the State Cultural Award, marking the choir’s remarkable performances.
Estonian National Male Choir’s newest project “REGIRAM” is dedicated to arrangements of runo songs and features acclaimed musicians Celia Roose, Tuule Kann and Robert Jürjendal.