The Estonian accordion experimentator Tuulikki Bartosik is a brilliant and versatile musician and songwriter whose creations combine nature and stories related to life, different places and the warmth of being human. Her innovative, fresh and vivid original creations have been compared to both Eric Satie's neoclassical works and Philip Glass's 70's hypnotic and minimalist music. Using the acoustic free bass accordion and wordless occasional vocals, Tuulikki makes the listener reflect on the deeper layers of life and being. Her new solo album "Tempest in a teapot" was released in Europe in autumn 2019.
Bartosik blends the traditional with the experimental, with small phrases and her occasional wordless vocal accompaniment providing unexpected surges of emotion. The character and feeling that she injects into her compositions and arrangements allows for a renewed appreciation of the accordion as a contemporary instrument.
Arusa Qureshi, The List
Photo: Krõõt Tarkmeel