Mirjam Tally & Ülo Pikkov

Mirjam Tally (1976) Sound is central in Tally’s creations. Her music is a flow of playful contrasts where a sense of humour and poetic use of sound are blended to mix. Beside writing  works for contemporary music scene, she is active as a film composer. Her earlier works are mainly for chamber ensembles and electronics. In recent years, importance of orchestral music as increased in her oeuvre. Sometimes she uses elements of jazz, folk and pop, Nordic or exotic instruments (Estonian kannel, didgeridoo, tanpura, accordion and others) and treats sound material with a modernist open mind. She has graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music as a student of Lepo Sumera in 2000. Since 2006, Tally lives on the island of Gotland, Sweden. Her work Turbulence (2006) for symphony orchestra and electric guitar, has received some international recognition. In 2008, Turbulence was performed at the ISCM’s World New Music Days (later at the Venice Biennale and selected as a recommended work at Rostrum). For Turbulence, she was awarded the Little Christ Johnson Prize in 2008. In 2009-2010, she was Composer in Residence at Swedish Radio P2 channel. Since 2012, her orchestra works are published by Gehrmans Musikförlag.



Ülo Pikkov (1976) is a cineaste of Estonian animation movies. In 1998 he graduated from the Turu Academy of Art (in Finland) and in 2005 from the Institute of Law, University of Tartu (in Estonia). He has created several animation movies, which have won international prizes. Together with composer Mirjam Tally he has done several movies, such as “The Taste of Life” (2005), “The Tablemat of Baltic Sea” (2007), “Dialogos” (2008), “Body Memory” (2011) and “The End” (2012). He has published caricatures, comics and illustrations in press as well as written and illustrated books for children. Ülo Pikkov works as a docent of animation department at Estonian Academy of Art.