Showcase festival and music conference Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS) 2019 takes place from 16–19 January in Groningen, the Netherlands. Music Estonia's delegation is also participating and the audience of ESNS can enjoy the creation of three Estonian musicians – Maarja Nuut & Ruum, Holy Motors and Erki Pärnoja : EFTERGLOW.

Participating delegates are:


Estonian artists at ESNS

Maarja Nuut & Ruum will share their creation on Wednesday, January 16 at 20:00–20:45 at Der AA-Kerk (Akerkhof 2, Groningen).

Estonian duo Maarja Nuut & Ruum operate in a musical interzone between light and shadow, connecting the deep-rooted, intuitive worldview of days past with the hyper-mediated realities and seemingly limitless technological possibilities of the present and future.

Maarja Nuut uses violin, looper, vocal experiments and keyboard to capture that moment when our inner narratives are led by intuition rather than reason.
Ruum is a contemporary electronic musician who provides a complementary, if often abstract framework to Nuut's melodies.

Maarja Nuut is Tallinn Music Week 2015 artist prize winner.




Holy Motors will perform their slow cowboy ballads and dream soundtracks on Thursday, January 17 at 20:00–20:45 at Stadsschouwburg (Turfsingel 86, Groningen).

Holy Motors perform slow cowboy ballads and dream soundtracks from their album "Slow Sundown", critically acclaimed as the sound of "open road loneliness" (Noisey) and "music that sounds like some mysterious windblown version of the American west." (Stereogum).

Holy Motors is Tallinn Music Week 2018 artist prize winner.




Erki Pärnoja : EFTERGLOW will mesmerize the audience with film like soundscapes on Friday, January 18 at 23:35–00:15 at Praedinius Gymnasium (Turfsingel 82, Groningen).

Erki Pärnoja is an Estonian songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His unique Nordic touch, impressionist guitar riffs and film like soundscapes brought him the Artist Award at Tallinn Music Week 2017 followed by the Male Artist and Indie Album of the year at Estonian Music Awards 2018. Erki just released the Saja Lugu live album and is working on a new studio release. Expect an acoustic, captivating and mystical performance.

Erki Pärnoja is Tallinn Music Week 2017 artist prize winner.




Music Export: Combining efforts at European level

Music Estonia's director Virgo Sillamaa is also one of the speakers of the conference panel "Music Export: Combining Efforts at European Level", which is presented by Music Moves Europe.

The panel will take place on Friday, January 18 at 12:00–13:00 at De Oosterpoort, Back 7.

Following an introduction by the European Commission, this panel will explore, could all European countries join forces and work together to promote talent in the EU and in the rest of the world. Could a European approach to music export be the solution to the fragmentation of our music market and of the visibility of artists on other continents? All of the speakers are representatives of the recently established European Music Exporters Exchange.

Speakers are:

Discussion will be moderated by Fabien Miclet, Independent European Affairs Consultant (FR).

Info on ESNS' web.


ESNS is a non-profit, European artist only, 100% showcase festival and music conference. Selling out each year ESNS attracts over 4.000 professional delegates, including 400 international festivals, and showcases around 350 European artists for over 40.000 visitors total.

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