Villu Veski

Villu Veski is one of the best known Estonian jazz musicians who has performed on the most prestigious stages worldwide. He has partaken in countless international music projects all over the world. For more than a decade he has organised and hosted an international future music festival Juu Jääb on his native Muhu island in Estonia.

Friday, 13 April

The Villu Veski and Robert Mitchell Jazz Quartet

One of Estonia’s best-known jazz musicians, Villu Veski, teams up with the UK’s Robert Mitchell to bring live jazz to the EstLitFest stage on Friday night. The UK-Estonian Villu Veski and Robert Mitchell Jazz Quartet are: Villu Veski, Estonia (saxophones), Robert Mitchell, UK (keyboards), Heikko Remmel, Estonia (double bass), and Saleem Raman, UK (drums). Special guest Tiit Kalluste, Estonia (accordion).

Villu Veski is one of Estonia’s best-known jazz musicians who has performed on the many of the world’s most prestigious stages. For more than a decade he has organised and hosted an international future music festival Juu Jääb on his native Muhu Island in Estonia.

Robert Mitchell is an acclaimed British jazz musician with a formidable reputation as a gifted pianist and composer.

9.30pm, Theatre |£6, 75mins

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Saturday, 14 April

Days of grace | Meet the Estonian master Doris Kareva

With Miriam McIlfatrcik, Philip Gross, Villu Veski and Tiit Kalluste

Nominated several times for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Doris Kareva is one of Estonia’s best-loved poets. Her latest collection Days of Grace spans over forty years of her poetic output. She and her translator Miriam McIlfatrick will recite and discuss her work, and will be in conversation with the poet, novelist, playwright and academic Philip Gross. They will be accompanied by the musicians Villu Veski and Tiit Kalluste.

Doris Kareva has published 18 poetry collections and has been translated into 20 languages. She has two books of poetry in English translation, Shape of Time and Days of Grace.

Miriam McIlfatrick-Ksenofontov was born in Northern Ireland and has lived in Tallinn since 1992. She teaches Irish literature at Tallinn University. Her latest translation is of Doris Kareva’s poetry collection Days of Grace.

Philip Gross has published some twenty collections of poetry, most recently A Bright Acoustic (Bloodaxe, 2017). The Water Table won the T.S.Eliot Prize 2009, and Love Songs of Carbon the Roland Mathias Award (Wales Book of The Year) 2016. Deep Field dealt with his Estonian refugee father’s final years and loss of language, an exploration into our place in the world broadened steadily through later collections. A new science-based collection for young people, Dark Sky Park, comes from Otter-Barry Books in July.

6pm, Theatre | £6, 40mins

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