Maarja Nuut (violin, vocal, keyboard, live looping) • Hendrik Kaljujärv (Ruum) (live electronics) • Kristjan Suits (live visuals)
Estonian duo Maarja Nuut & Ruum operate in a musical intermediary zone. They connect the deep-rooted, intuitive worldview of days past with the hyper-mediated realities and seemingly limitless technological possibilities of the present and future.
Maarja Nuut uses a violin, looper, vocal experiments and keyboards to capture that moment when our inner narratives are led by intuition rather than reason.
Ruum is a contemporary electronic musician who provides a complementary, if often abstract framework to Nuut’s melodies. His soundscapes might offer a sense of structure at first, but upon closer inspection the sonic landscape he creates forces the listener into contemplating altogether more mysterious afterworlds and intermediary zones.
Maarja Nuut & Ruum’s music often invites us into dialogue; not by addressing us directly, rather by luring us into unimagined conversations with elements of our psychic selves that we may have otherwise forgotten. Finding a way back out of the sonic maze they create can be difficult, and the appeal of staying in this magical labyrinth may also prove irresistable.
The duo’s first album, Muunduja (Shifter), will be released in October 2018 on the UK’s 130701 label.
Photo credit: Renee Altrov & Luis Dourado