8 April 1960 (age 57)
Kirile Loo was born in a Northern Estonian village called Varinurme. She spent the majority of her childhood at her grandmothers home at Alutaguse, which is a place in Estonia covered by primeval forests and untouched by civilization. There was no electricity, no telephone, no TV in her grandmothers home, but close ties with nature in such a place; bear, elk, wolves and snakes lived nearby the house. The artistic creed of Kirile Loo cannot easily be put into words. From a human perspective, the ideals of Kirile Loo are rooted in ancient times, when primitive man expressed thoughts in a straightforward manner, without unnecesssary philosophical speculations.
Vibrant and magical, the regi-verse songs of Kirile Loo are as timeless as the primeval forests that blanket the Estonian landscape, and as haunting as the dreams one just barely remembers upon waking. And there is the pure, soulfully direct and totally captivating voice of this echanting artist:
Her music is based on so-called regi-song. This is considered to be the oldest style of traditional Estonian music. The regi-verse song-form (verse in the Kalevala-metre) is common to the majority of Balto-Finnic cultures. It is presumed to date back to the 1st Millenium BC.
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