···TRAD.ATTACK! - Estonia
TRAD.ATTACK! are three good friends and well-known Estonian musicians Sandra, Jalmar and Tõnu who have literally turned Estonian folk music on its head.
Since their debut in 2014 TRAD.ATTACK! received 14 Music Awards in Estonia, released their debut album "AH!" recognized internationally, toured in 28 countries from Chiile to malaysia, including significant showcase festivals as WOMEX, Eurosonic, sell out solo concerts for more than 7000 people in Estonia and getting ready to launch new album "Shimmer Gold" in May 2017.
Surrounded by traditional music all her life, Sandra first picked up the Estonian bagpipe when she was thirteen. Jalmar is of the Seto people. Setomaa, a small community in the south of Estonia, has its own a king and distinctive culture, and is particularly well known for its traditional singing. His great grandmother, Anne Vabarna, was one of the most famous Estonian folk singers, so he has grown up in this tradition. Tõnu's father was the conductor of a brass orchestra, so Tõnu was playing brass before he could walk. He took up classical trombone and drums, and is now one of the most in-demand drummers in Estonia.
Trad.Attack! takes its inspiration from old archive recordings of Estonian traditional songs. Whereas folk music is their starting point but not their boundary: they reconciles the future with the past and do it cheerfully and complex-free, radiating (or rather gushesing?) energy inherent to a visionary, child-like joy of life, craziness and love. From the postmodern furnace of Trad.Attack! comes music worthy of the second decade of the 21st century. Folk, beats and rock’n’roll!
Sandra Sillamaa – estonian bagpipes, jew’s harp, saxophone, voice
Jalmar Vabarna – 12-string acoustic guitar, voice
Tõnu Tubli – drums, percussion instruments, voice