The Jaak Sooäär Trio
+ Poet Kai Aareleid
Tuesday, September 15th
The Jaak Sooäär Trio made their US debut in Pittsburgh during Jazz Poetry 2016, and we’re still talking about the incredible concert experience. So, when we decided to commission new work and in-language poetry collaborations with international musicians for virtual Jazz Poetry 2020, we were excited to invite Jaak back.
Their 2020 concert is filmed in an Estonian jazz club and is sweetly melodic. It includes a powerful collaboration with poet, Kai Aareleid, named the “2019 Estonian author of the year.” Tuning in on Tuesday September 15th will transport you from your couch right to Estonia—what could be a better way to spend your Tuesday?
Jaak Sooäär has been a prominent member of the Estonian music scene since 1989, ranging in styles from jazz to rock and folk to classical. In 1999, Sooäär toured with The European Jazz Youth Orchestra and, in 2003, took part in the EBU Big Band in Istanbul. In 2007 Sooäär was the first jazz musician to get Estonian Annual Jazz Prize. He has also recieved annual prize of Estonian Culture Endownment (Eesti Kultuurkapital) both in 2007 and 2018. He is one of the founders of Estonian Jazz Union which has promoted jazz very successfully in Estonia and Estonian jazz abroad.