Margarita Voskanyan – Armenian flutes (shvi, blul) and other wind instruments Jaan Jaanson – guitars Ara Yaralyan – double bass Aleksandra Kremenetski – percussion Shabat Quartet is a band which started in Estonia and
Margarita Voskanyan – Armenian flutes (shvi, blul) and other wind instruments
Jaan Jaanson – guitars
Ara Yaralyan – double bass
Aleksandra Kremenetski – percussion
Shabat Quartet is a band which started in Estonia and which plays the Armenian and Jewish
folk music. The first word of the band’s name “shabat” means Saturday in both Armenian and
Hebrew. The music of the quartet is characterised by engaging rhythms, jazz harmony,
breathtakingly beautiful melodies, and improvisation. A very special sound is given to
Yaralyan, Jaanson, and Kremenetski’s jazz-trio-like approach by Voskanyan’s masterful
ability to play willow whistles and her way of sensing the folk music.
Margarita Voskanyan is a bright artist and an expert on ethno music. She learned in Yerevan
music academy where she specialised in Armenian folk music and different woodwind
instruments. She has also studied at Viljandi Culture Academy. Margarita is an internationally
active musician as well as a music scientist. She founded the Armenian band CILICIA (2003-
2008). In Estonia, Margarita has been a musician and an artistic advisor in the group ATLAS
since 2003. In addition to her homeland Armenia, she has performed in Georgia, Estonia,
Finland, France, Holland, and elsewhere.
Jaan Jaanson is one of the best Estonian jazz guitarists. He is a wanted band member in both
instrumental music groups (Aleksander Paal Ballad Trio, Meelis Vind Project, Estonian
Dream Bigband) as well as in collaborating with singers (Margus Vaher, Sofia Rubina, Liina
Saar). Jaan has graduated from Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and he
majored in music educator (music pedagogics). In 2012, he was awarded the Tiit Paulus
Young Guitar Player Prize.
The Armenian-born double bass virtuoso Ara Yaralyan has graduated from the Jazz
Department of the Estonian Academy of Music and Art. She’s collaborated with world
famous musicians such as Ingrid Jensen, Kari Ikonen, Vardan Ovsepian, Andre Fernandes,
Datevik Hovhanesyan, Verneri Pohjola, and many others.
The way Ara Yaralyan feels and plays the instrument has made her a highly appreciated and
wanted musician who records and works with different musicians. She is a talented composer
and teaches at Georg Ots Tallinn Music School by sharing the young musicians her
knowledge and experiences.
Aleksandra Kremenetsi (1982) is a specialised drummer and percussionist. Her unique way of
making music can be heard on jazz stages and in different groups making acoustic music
(Quid Novi, Redel Ruudus & Mirjam Kivisild, Mari Kalkun, Helin-Mari Arder, Elletuse, and
others). Besides giving actively concerts, she also composes music and teaches percussion at
Nõmme Music School.
The concert will start at 9.30 p.m. and the café will be open from 9 p.m. You can book places
and tables for the café, for additional information, email email@example.com.
Entrance is free of charge for everyone.