Punished and Blessed in the Dark May 13, 1950, Saginaw Michigan, USA. 20-year-old Lula Maele gives birth to a six-week-old premature baby. Due to excess oxygen in the incubator, little Stevland Hardaway Judkins (later Morris) develops retinal damage and remains blind. Despair and guilt will accompany the woman for several years to come – her son has been punished with blindness for the wrong lifestyle. Lula, a mother of three, is married 30 years older …

Silk Road Ambassadors: Ensemble Oxus from Uzbekistan

In the middle two weeks of February, music lovers can take part in the fragmented world culture when exotic guests travel along Estonia’s snowy roads, giving concerts in Tartu (16.02), Alatskivi, Valga, Viljandi, Pärnu, Tallinn and Saue. The quartet, which cultivates traditional Uzbek classical music or mumtaz, was founded in 2002, but the current name has only been known for a few years. Oxus is a mystery and mystery …

Omar Torrez: The fastest fingers of the West in Tartu!

On the second Friday of February, 12.02 at 21.00, an exclusive solo concert is expected at Tartu Jazz Club from Omar Torrezel, a guitarist with high mastery and wide reach who has become more widely known as the guitarist of the old weather band Tom Waits. Omar Torrez is a traveler. In every sense. His family tree contains clues to both Spanish and Basque, as well as Aleutian, Norwegian and even Russian roots. While living a gypsy life, he traveled almost all over the world – from Andalusia to Cuba, …