Mari Kalkun

Mari Kalkun


A voice that speaks from the heart of the Estonian forest, Mari Kalkun’s music is deeply personal, yet at the same time rooted in ancient Estonian and Võru traditions. The purity of her voice and her sparse musical arrangements resonate with meaning, even though sung in the Võro language, which only about 75,000 people still speak. Combining folk traditions with innovative songwriting, Kalkun is one of the most forward-looking folk artists today, creating intimate music, born of Baltic winter forests and icy landscapes. She plays a variety of instruments, including kannel (ancient Estonian zither), piano and drones and has released eight albums in Estonia, Europe and Japan, where she has her largest listener base.  


Artist Workshop

Embark on a musical journey with Mari Kalkun and delve into the ancient art of Võro runosong. The 4,000-year-old singing tradition uses a unique blend of speech-like melodies and rap, featuring repetitive choruses and laments. Discover the beauties of the unique Võro language, spoken by just 75,000 people, in this vocal exploration – no instruments required!

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Mari Kalkun by Dmitri Kotjuh

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