It is first of all the voice of Kadri Voorand which strikes: a cascade of notes which ricochet like the icy droplets of a mountain stream, to fly away in a cloud. An ample voice, held but which does not forbid itself improvisation, and the freedom of scat. His piano resembles his singing, free and uncluttered, simply accompanied by the very groovy bass of Mihkel Mälgand. Kadri Voorand is jazz from the cold. From Estonia, precisely the country where this young musician was born in 1986, where she is considered today as one of the best jazz artists.
The music she composes, plays and sings resembles nothing else. Maybe, here and there, winks to the great Joni Mitchell, or to Kate Bush.
This Baltic jazz that Kadri Voorand proposes is first of all a family affair. From the folk music she sings in the family with her musician parents, from learning the piano from a young age, but also from the techniques of Estonian singing, from the traditional polyphonies and Nordic ballads. But it is also a matter of work, of mastery acquired at the Tallinn Conservatory. Her talent as an interpreter and composer quickly earned her prestigious proposals for collaboration. It is in duet that she performs today, for a series of twelve songs contained in her last album, of which one will retain, among other wonders, an astonishing cover of a hymn of Michaël Jackson, ” They don’t really care about us “.
An evening in co-production with the
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Kadri Voorand : vocals, piano
Mihkel Mälgand : double bass