Kadri Voorand in Duo with Mihkel Mälgand

Photo: Stina Kase
Photo: Stina Kase

Kadri Voorand is a well-established vocalist and composer from Estonia, who’s original music and expression has brought her a number of prizes and performances in Estonia as well as abroad (Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Hungary, Russia, Uzbekistan, Israel, Greece etc).  In 2017 she has been awarded with Estonian Music Awards for The Best Female Artist of the Year and The Best Jazz Album of the Year for her album “Armupurjus” (“Love Intoxication”). Mihkel Mälgand is one of the most active bass players in Estonia. Together they have formed a duo, playing mostly original music, skillfully composed material for piano, bass and voice that’s open for improvisation, illustrated with ambient electronic effects, while using both Estonian poetry and original texts. They have previously played together in Kadri Voorand Group feat Jussi Kannaste, which played concerts both in Estonia and abroad, including Pori Jazz, Jazz Baltica etc.

Kadri Voorand is always restlessly flying off into abstract vocal improvisation, or reciting Estonian poetry, or creating an imaginary intercom announcement. Her voice flitting from purist acrobatics to electronics-filtered extremes. All of her vocal perversion is in real-time, as she resourcefully knits a construction of rhythmic repeats, or flicks on a horrific distortion effect, often snapping back into something profoundly unsettling in its depth of contrast. Meanwhile, she’s back at the piano, marrying voice and keys in a completely symbiotic existence.  Martin Longley, All About Jazz, Tallinn Music Week 2017