Tartu Folk Club Maatasa 



Tartu Folk Club Maatasa (Eesti Rahvamuusikakool/Estonian Folk Music School) came together in the autumn of 2012. The aim of the group is to learn about South Estonian folklore and to offer a good way to spend time together. All the members of the group sing, dance and most of them play musical instruments. While not busy with the group's activities, the members study in gymnasiums, colleges, primary schools etc.

People singing, dancing, playing instruments in the group are:
Helin Pihlap (violin, traditional Estonian kannel), Madli Lehiste (violin), Anzela Sirel (karmoshka - russian accordion), Carol Maask (traditional Estoninan kannel), Meelis Pihlap (bagpipe, bass guitar), Karl-Mart Trolla (bagpipe), Siim Saarela (guitar), Arnold Milihhin (guitar), Sander Reemets (drum), Reemo Vilipuu ( mouth harp), Kätlin Häidma (recorder), Kersti Jukk (kannel), Mona Otto (kannel), Kert Tali, Keiro Jääger. 

Children group: Tuule Pihlap (karmoshka), Signe Ahas (violin), Robert Petrov (bagpipe, guitar), Marko Roosiväli (guitar), Anzelika Jermolaeva (recorder), Trevor Õun (drum), Kadri Pikkur (kannel), Ants Ilmar Simm (guitar).

At the moment, Maatasa dances South-Estonian country dances, that were popular at the coast areas and in South Estonia at the end of 19th century and the beginning of 20th century. Also, the club plays South-Estonian songs and instrumentals.
Since Maatasa is very young and has not dealt with authentic folklore before, performing in front of the judges of the international folklore festival Baltica was a big challenge. The performance went very well and Tartu folklore club was evaluated worthy of the 1st category. 

In the clothing, we have also followed the era (1900s), when girls in South-Estonia still wore national costumes, but boys had moved on to wearing cityclothing. The second set of clothes Maatasa wears, dates back to the time of the first Estonian Republic (1920s-1930s). Stylist: Ingrid Tamman. Of course, it is possible to see the people of the club in today's clothing.

The thing with club is that the form of getting together is more free. Also, it ensures that the same company is not always "on the stage". Accordingly, the performer is not as important as the material that is being performed.

Folk-musicians are instructed by Halliki Pihlap
The dances are taught by Ave Lääne, Anneli Kann, Karel Vähi 

Stilist - Ingrid Tamman

Text in English - Mona Otto