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Album “Music from the islands… Between the mainland and the sea” (2017) by Joźe Kotar and Luca Ferrini. Incl. Mirjam Tally’s work “Warm life at the foot of the iceberg”, version for clarinet and piano.

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Album “Interferences” (2017), feat. artists: David Åhlén and Matilda Andersson (vocals), Anna Petrini (Paezold contrabass recorder, vocals), Girilal Baars (vocals, didgeridoo), Tuulikki Bartosik (accordion), Jonas Nilsson (contrabass), Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir (baroque violin), Jorge Variego (clarinets). All compositions by Mirjam Tally.

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CD New Estonian Choral Music: Matson, T. Kõrvits, Tulve, Valkonen, Tally, Johanson/Uusberg, Tulev, Seppar, M. Kõrvits, Rips-Laul. Estonian Music Information Centre 2017. Tally: “Your shadow” – Collegium Musicale, c. Endrik Üksvärav. Estonian Music Information Centre, 2017.

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Unejõgi. Meelika Hainsoo (vocals), Mirjam Tally (electronics). Estonian runic songs with electronics. Feat. musicians: Anna Svensdotter (flutes), Jorge Variego (clarinets). Mirjam Tally, 2016.

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Fatcat Records and Õunaviks present: TMW (Tallinn Music Week) 2015. Tally: “Intro: Main theme from Ülo Pikkov’s film Body Memory”.

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New Estonian choral music 2012-2014. Estonian Choral Association, 2014. Tally: Rainsong (Vihmalaul)

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Digital album “Possible Worlds Vol. 2”. Spectropol Records, 2013. Works by Ligon, Tally, Krauthamer, Lancaster, Keyhani, Molenaar, Harrop, Moore, Davis, Meneghin, Vick, Grady. Tally: Snake Charmer (excerpt).

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CD alpha waves. SFZ Records, 2012. Anna Svensdotter (flute), works by Tally, Bång, D. Karlsson, Bothén, Staern, Lundén, Österling, Blomdahl. (Tally: Last year’s sun still glitters in the drop of water).

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Album Blow. Mirjam Tally, 2012. Digital distribution only Electroacoustic works: Main theme variations from Ülo Pikkov’s film Body Memory (2010); Tundra (2011); Blow (2005); Squeak (2008), New Moon Morning (2012). Feat. musicians: Anna Svensdotter (flute), Jaak Lutsoja (accordion), Tõnu Jõesaar (cello), Kersti Ala-Murr (claves).

 

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Ensemble Una Corda. Ensemble Una Corda, 2012. Ene Nael (harpsichord), Kristi Mühling (kannel), Liis Viira (harp). Works by Estonian composers. (Line).

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Dedicated to Trio ZilliacusPerssonRaitinen. Phono Suecia, 2011. Composers: Sandström, Österling, Monnakgotla, Hedelin, Tally. (Winter Island).
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Dedicated To Trio ZilliacusPerssonRaitinen (2011), Phono Suecia. Composers: Sandström, Österling, Monnakgotla, Hedelin, Tally.

Some excerpts about my work:

/…/Estonian born Mirjam Tally’s Winter Island in two parts introduces the listener to a quite strange world of sounds, where unorthodox playing techniques are interwoven with vocal sounds. After a while the seemingly unstructured piece relaxes in a steady pulse that could be borrowed from, say, Indian music. It is fascinating and great fun. Part II is more powerful and dramatic. Suddenly, towards the end, there is a melody, folk-song like, appearing in the cello. Finally it dissolves into fragments, like a group of people chatting without listening.

/…/ Tally’s Winter Island (which is the Island of Gotland where she has been living since 2006) /…/ communicates with a personal language.

– Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International

/…/ Humor is present in Tally’s Winter Island, with its ironic experimental sounds, vocalizations and veiled references to Vivaldi.

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Eclipse. Mirjam Tally 2011. Works: “Eclipse” – Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, c. Paul Mägi, “Call love to mind” (text by Kristiina Ehin, translation to English by Ilmar Lehtpere) – Eric Ericsons Chamber Choir, c. Maria Goundorina, “Turbulence” – Jaan Varts (electric guitar), Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, c Risto Joost, “Autumn Whispers” – Monika Mattiesen (flutes), Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, c. Risto Joost, “Density” – Swedish Radio Orchestra, c. Dmitri Slobodeniouk.

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Spanning. Scandinavian Electro acoustic music. Media Artes, 2010. (Last year’s sun still glitters in the drop of water).
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Vaikimine oleks vale… Jaak Lutsoja, Kersti Ala-Murr, 2010. (Teel olla on veel / Long way to go).
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Estonian Composers VI. Risto Joost. Selected works by Tulev, Tally, Kõrvits, Veeroos, Lill and Kozlova, conducted by Risto Joost. Estonian Public Broadcasting 2010. (Turbulence).
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Animated films by Ülo Pikkov. Eesti Joonisfilm, 2010. (My music to films: The Taste of Life, Baltic Sea Tablemat, Dialogos).
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La Primavera. Selected works from spring concerts 2007-2009. Symphony orchestra and mixed choir of Georg Ots Tallinn Music School (2010). (Night)
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CD Õekese eest / For my little sister. Estonian Public Broadcasting, 2008. Piano works by Estonian composers, played by the students of Tallinna Muusikakeskkool (Mirjam Tally: “Flageolets”).

 

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DVD Must lagi/ Black Ceiling. Estonian poetry animated by Estonian filmmakers. Eesti Joonisfilm, 2007. Ülo Pikkov’s film “Läänemerelinik” (Tablemat of Baltic Sea), music by Mirjam Tally.

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CD Manuscript. Estonian Public Broadcasting, Monika Mattiesen, 2006. Compositions for flute by Estonian composers. (Last year’s sun still glitters in the drop of water).

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E-stuudio. Estonian Academy of Music, 2003. Compositions by Electronic Music Studio of Estonian Academy of Music. (Mirjam Tally: “All landscapes are waxen”)

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CD Mirjam Tally. ARM Music, 2003. Works: The Rowan Sea, Desire is the Flower, Swinburne, Firs Falling into December, Last year’s sun still glitters in the drop of water, Air, Structures, Quasi Q, When trees are bare, the year appears, All landscapes are waxen.

Here is a review about my first album (released in 2003)

Mirjam Tally’s self-titled debut, collecting pieces composed over the previous seven years, reflects both a striking confidence in the 27-yearold’s compositional abilities and an attractively broad range of influences. The Estonian composer both plays and sings on her album along with a host of other older and younger performers from her country — including the well-respected Weekend Guitar Trio, which appears on “Kui Puud Jaavad Raagu, Tulbe Nahtavale Aasta” — but this is very much her own show aside from a few lyrical contributions. Her stated interests include electronic and worldwide instruments along with more traditional jazz and orchestral elements, combined with her own classical training and influences old and new in the Baltic. Thus, a song like the opening “Pihlakate Meri” can contain the same sense of space and minimal approach as Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres,” but the combination of bass clarinet and various percussive sounds puts the work even more squarely away from a traditional format. Space, echo, and gentle reverb are hallmarks of the album and are emphasized by the arrangements throughout; specific passages for each instrument are usually abbreviated or consist of little more than a bar or two, passing off one to another. A more fully textured piece like “Air,” with accordion and electronics, still sounds like a cryptic transmission (Tally’s ear for combining the tones of the two here is quite striking). When an electric guitar suddenly fires up in “Swinburne,” in context it’s so unexpected as to seem apocalyptic. What singing does appear can suggest the haunting, strange folk musics of the eastern Baltic in general, as made familiar through such bands as Värttinä, but the subtle breakdowns and collages of “Iha Ongi Ois” are Tally’s own — even something as seemingly simple as a Jew’s harp can sound alien. ~ Ned Raggett, All Music Guide

A music example from my first album:
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Estonian composers II. Estonian Public Broadcasting, 2002. Composers: Tulve, Tally, Kõrvits, Steiner, Kaumann, Lill, Siimer. (Swinburne).

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