Johan Randvere (piano) Kirill Ogorodnikov (guitar)
Momir Novakovic (accordion) Mari Poll (violin) Heikko Remmel (double bass)
Piazzolla’s nuevo tango was distinct from the traditional tango in its incorporation of elements of jazz, its use of extended harmonies and dissonance, its use of counterpoint, and its ventures into extended compositional forms. As Argentine psychoanalyst Carlos Kuri has pointed out, Piazzolla’s fusion of tango with this wide range of other recognizable Western musical elements was so successful that it produced a new individual style transcending these influences. It is precisely this success, and individuality, that makes it hard to pin down where particular influences reside in his compositions, but some aspects are clear. The use of the passacaglia technique of a circulating bass line and harmonic sequence, invented and much used in 17th- and 18th-century baroque music but also central to the idea of jazz “changes”, predominates in most of Piazzolla’s mature compositions. Another clear reference to the baroque is the often complex and virtuosic counterpoint that sometimes follows strict fugal behavior but more often simply allows each performer in the group to assert his voice. A further technique that emphasises this sense of democracy and freedom among the musicians is improvisation, that is borrowed from jazz in concept, but in practice involves a different vocabulary of scales and rhythms that stay within the parameters of the established tango sound-world. Pablo Ziegler has been particularly responsible for developing this aspect of the style both within Piazzolla’s groups and since the composer’s death.
Nortango was created in summer 2019 on the initiative of the accordionist Momir Novakovic. The ensemble is made of exceptional musicians, known for their previous success in Estonia and worldwide. The quintet of bandoneon, violin, piano, guitar and double bass was Piazzolla’s preferred setup on two extended occasions during his career, and most critics consider it to be the most successful instrumentation for his works. Nortango has accordion instead of bandoneon, which gives the ensemble a larger variety of colourful sounds. The idea behind Nortango is to unify different arts in a single spectacle. Their events might include moments of singing, visual arts and dance. Simplicity of the contemporary art and complexity of musical ideas are main characteristics of Nortango, which together with the passion of Argentinian sounds make a real joy and impression for the audience.
Mari has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across Europe and America with orchestras such as Orchestre de Paris, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Liverpool Mozart Orchestra, Pärnu City Orchestra. In 2012 Mari released her recording debut with the EMI Classics for the EMI Digital Debut series. Mari is currently the 1st Concertmaster in the orchestra of the Estonian National Opera and teacher at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. She was the 2nd concertmaster of Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and has also been leading and co-leading orchestras such as the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Norrbotten NEO contemporary ensemble, Bodo Sinfonietta, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. In 2012/13 Mari held the Constant and Kit Lambert Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music and at the same year she was also awarded with the Tagore Gold Medal by the Royal College of Music that was presented to her by HRH the Prince of Wales. Mari is a multiple prizewinner at international competitions including the 3rd Prize at Vibrarte International Violin Competition in France. In January 2018, her second release “Works for Violin and Piano” with her brother Mihkel Poll won the award as the best chamber music release in Estonia. She is currently playing on a 1723 Nicolaus Gagliano violin, kindly loaned to her by Aare Kaarma and Estonian Foundation of Musical Instruments.
Classical accordionist Momir Novakovic is known as a soloist and chamber musician who performed in various festivals and occasions across the world. He was the first classical accordionist to have an honour to present the instrument in concert at the EU parliament in Bruxelles. Momir has won over 40 awards in international music competitions. In 2008 he won the Coupe Mondiale competition for classical accordion in Glasgow, Scotland and took the 2nd place on the international accordion competition “Città di Castelfidardo” in Italy, which are the highlights of his competition carrier. In 2011 he received Ambassador Club prize in Lugano as the reward for his musical achievements and in 2014 the 2nd prize on the internal all-instruments competition Prix Credit Suisse at conservatory of Lugano. Momir graduated with distinction from Serbia’s most prestigious accordion high school, Kragujevac Music School, studying under one of the most recognised accordion teachers in the world Miljan Bjeletic. At Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland, he gained the title of Master in Arts of Music. Momir’s career was supported by Fritz Gerber foundation from Basel and by HRH Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia. He was part of Trio Ambassador, Balù, 900 e presente and has collaborated with several composers of modern classical music such as Nadir Vassena, Wolfgang Rhim, Mattias Steinhauer, Giovanni Santini, Alessio Sabella, Tamara Basaric and others. Momir Novakovic plays on accordion model “Spectrum” that has been made for him by Bugari Armando Accordions in Castelfidardo, Italy.
In 2012 he graduated the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with prof. Ivari Ilja. He has studied also at the Consevatorio G. Verdi di Milano with Prof. Valerio Premuroso. Johan has received his Master’s Degree at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Johan Randvere has successfully participated in numerous competitions in Estonia and abroad: Competition “Klaviermusik” in Vilnius, Lithuania 2008 (I prize and special prize), 10th EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association) competition in Waterloo, Belgum 2010 (II prize), Competition for musicans in Catania 2012 (I prize and a Grand Prix), Competition “Luciano Luciani” in Italy 2013, (III place), Competition “Coop” in Italy 2013 (II prize), Competition “Andrea Baldi” 2014 in Bologna (I prize and a Grand Prix). VIII Estonian National Pianists Competition (II prize). Johan was selected to be the “Musician of the year 2014” of the Pille Lill Music Fund. He has performed as a soloist and as a chamber musician in all the main Estonian concert halls and such concert halls as The Grand Hall of Minsk Filharmony, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, Puccini hall in Milano among others. Johan has performed together with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Vanemuise Symphony Orchestra, Belarus State Academic Radio Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Molodehno Music College among others. He has worked with conductors such as Risto Joost, Paul Mägi, Sasha Mäkilä, Grigori Soroka, Jüri Alperten, Toomas Vavilov, Mihhail Gerts, Erki Pehk, Kaspar Mänd among others.
Kirill Ogorodnikov is a performer and chamber musician from Tallinn, one of the leading Estonian classical guitarists of young generation. As a soloist Kirill Ogorodnikov has premiered works by contemporary Estonian composers, dedicated to him: “Twelve in Seven” by Rene Eespere and “Sonata a la Arpa” by Lauri Jõeleht. In 2018 Association of Estonian Professional Musicians organised his concerts with a complete Estonian contemporary music program, including pieces by Peeter Vähi, Tõnu Kõrvits, Robert Jürjendal and Ester Mägi. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with the prominent Estonian artists and ensembles, such as Ensemble U:, Yxus Ensemble, singer Iris Oja. The most important performances recently were “The Seasons” and “Songs of Birth and Death” by Kuldar Sink, which are extraordinary works in the history of Estonian chamber music. Kirill Ogorodnikov is a member of a unique chamber music ensemble Duo Telluur, featuring English Horn and classical guitar. In 2017 Kirill Ogorodnikov premiered his arrangements of classical romances by P. Tchaikovsky with a singer Iris Oja on the Haapsalu Tchaikovsky Festival. He has graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with Prof. Heiki Matlik and from the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln with Prof. Gerhard Reichenbach. Kirill Ogorodnikov has also studied in Masterclasses with international artists such as Roberto Aussel, Sergio Assad, Carlo Marchione, Eduardo Fernandez. He has prizes on the international classical guitar competitions (Gevelsberg International Guitar Competition 2014, and Tallinn International Guitar Competition 2010).
One of the most outstanding young Estonian double bass players, Heikko Remmel received the Young Jazz Talent Award in 2016. Over the past 5 years he lived in Helsinki where he finished the Sibelius Academy. His main focus is at traditional jazz music in which he is most renowned. Heikko is an extremely wanted ensemble partner in both classical and jazz field. He has toured with the Glasperlenspiel Chamber Orchestra in Europe, South America and Middle-East. Heikko has played regularly in the Estonian National Symphony orchestra as well. In jazz field he has collaborated with most of Estonian artists, Finnish jazz legends Jukkis Uotila, Jussi Lehtonen, Teppo Mäkynen, Mikko Innanen, Jussi Kannaste, and more international artists such as Bruce Barth, Will Winson, Eric Ineke and Lars Jansson. He has participated in more than 15 album recordings and has won Estonian Music Award with Arvo Pärt and Vox Clamantis album “The Deer´s Cry“(ECM 2016). He has also been part of the winning the Estonian Jazz record of the year award with Sofia Rubina „In The Land of OO-Bla-Dee“(2015).