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Petserimaa igatsus / Longing for Pechory

by Mari Kalkun

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Mari Kalkun´s bittersweet music composed for a theater performance „Petserimaa igatsus“ / ’Longing for Pechory’. The piece premiered in 2021 summer Setomaa, Estonia – just a couple of kilometers from the Russian border. A border that divides people and lovers, inspires and destroys minds, a border that has gained a new meaning since February 2022, being also a trigger for Kalkun to release this musical material initially meant only to accompany the theater performance.

„So close, yet so far,“ as repeated in the theater piece – this is exactly how one would feel – sitting in the summer theater location, an old barn just a stone’s throw away from a border-crossing point where the border between Estonia and Russia is currently closed. A psychedelic feeling. But imagine loving someone on the other side. This is what happened to Paul, the main character of ’Longing for Pechory’.

The songs and instrumental pieces are fragile and lyrical, yet brave, strongly linked with local spirit and language. „First were the lyrics – the poems of Ilmar Vananurm – a local poet who writes both in Seto and Estonian language and whose story the script is based on. There was so much longing and love inside those lines, that the intensity almost physically touched me. I immediately wrote ’Waltz of Pechory’, which became the main theme for the theater piece,“ Kalkun explains. „There is nostalgia for childhood, there’s losing and finding love, hope and finally – finding peace.“ Forced separation, closing down the borders that break lives of many people, is an aching topic not only in this part of the world.

The music is self-recorded in Mari Kalkun’s home studio in Võrumaa, mixed gently together by her collaborator and sound producer Martin Kikas (Ö Stuudio). The material is released digitally in Bandcamp only and in a limited edition red cassette, which indicates the atmosphere of the theater piece era, beginning of 90s, when Setomaa and Pechory areas and people were cut off from each other.


released July 13, 2022

Mari Kalkun - vocals, harmonium, prepared and unprepared piano, accordion, kannel, rainstick, drum, field recording of rain dripping on a tin bowl
Ilmar Vananurm - author of all lyrics (1, 3, 5)
Agur Seim - man’s voice (4)
Martin Kikas - mixing and mastering
Rivo Mehilane - graphic design

Music and songs written for theatre piece "Petserimaa igatsus" (Longing for Pechory) premiering in August 2021 in Säpinä village, Setomaa, Estonia by MTÜ Taarka Pärimusteater. Performances also in July 2022.

2021-2022 Setomaa-Võromaa-Tartu - ESTONIA


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Mari Kalkun Võru County, Estonia

A voice that seems to speak to us from the heart of the Estonian forest. Mari Kalkun’s
music is at once of a place and deeply personal. Rooted in ancient Estonian and Võru
traditions, her music within
us to touch our spirits, our souls.

"Ilmamõtsan is an exquisite, heartfelt album. Language is no barrier to being won over by its particular magic." - Kieron Tyler, theArtsDesk (UK)
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