Margarita Voskanyan – Armenian flutes (shvi, blul) and other Jaan Jaanson – guitars Ara Yaralyan – double bass Aleksandra Kremenetski – percussion Shabat Quartet is a band which started
Margarita Voskanyan – Armenian flutes (shvi, blul) and other
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 (1973) 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.
Ara Yaralyan performs and recordswith Estonian top musicians. She is a talented composer
and teaches at Georg Ots Tallinn Music School by sharing her knowledge and experiences
with the generation of young musicians.
Aleksandra Kremenetsi (1982) is a specialised drummer and percussionist. Her unique way of
making music is 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 composes music and teaches percussion at Nõmme
The concert will start at 9 p.m. Café is open before the concert, you can book a table by
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An advance purchase of the ticket can be made from GateMe and tickets are also sold on-site.
Advance purchase ticket price is €12, preferential price is €8, on-site accordingly €15 and
€10. Preferential prices apply to schoolchildren, students, teachers, pensioners, owners of the
Jazz Car Wash loyalty card, members of the Jazz Estonia, and people who visited the
NO99 Theatre the same night.