Unejõgi (SE/EST)

Unejõgi is an Estonian/Swedish duo that is mixing Estonian runic songs with electronic sounds. Meelika Hainsoo – vocals, Mirjam Tally – electronic sounds, voice looper. Unejõgi (Dream River) flows through mythological runic songs and takes listeners to a strange and mystical world. These stories are a bit like fairy tales that talk about a mermaid being born from a fish; about geese disappearing from a flock; about a horn found in the woods and so on. These runo-pictures sung by Meelika are surrounded by Mirjams beautiful and mysterious soundscapes. That is how the eternal dream river flows from one world to another, bringing with it a sense of timelessness, wonder and humanity.

There are several types of Estonian folksongs and Meelika sings the older type called runic songs. Runic songs are probably thousand to two thousand years old and were common among Finnish-Ugric and Baltic folk tribes. In Estonia, the runic songs were common up to the middle of the 19th century when the newer type of folksongs became more popular. There are many epic ballades among runic songs. There are unusually long runic songs which are about work, herding animals and weddings.

Mirjam Tally

Mirjam Tally is an Estonian/Swedish composer living on Gotland island since 2006. She writes chamber- and electroacoustic music, and also for orchestra and film. In 2009-2010 she was the composer in residence at Swedish Radio´ s channel P2. In 2017, she will be Composer in Residence at Studio Acusticum in Piteå, Sweden. Mirjam Tally is also active as a performer: she has a duo “Unejõgi” (“Dream river”) together with Estonian folk musician Meelika Hainsoo. Elements of Estonian folk music are mixed with electroacoustic sounds, with influences of minimalism, glitch, drone and electronic pop.

She has graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music as a student of Lepo Sumera in 2000. Tally´s music has been performed in over 20 countries

Meelika Hainsoo

Meelika Hainsoo is a performer and teacher of Estonian folksongs and traditional violin music. Since her early childhood she has been surrounded by traditional music, first as a grateful listener of her grandfather who was an Estonian zither player (in Estonian kannel). Because Meelika’s roots are from South of Estonia, she is mostly interested in South-Estonian region´s stories and songs, traditional interpretation and use of language. Meelika has studied traditional music at University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy and holds a masters degree of folk musician-interpreter at Estonian Music Academy of Theatre’s and Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy’s joint curriculum.

She is a soloist of traditional music ensemble Lepaseree.

  • Mirjam Tally – electronics, composition
  • Meelika Hainsoo – vocals