Rock makes its debut at Tallinn's Nokia Concert Hall

  • 2009-10-29
  • By Ella Karapetyan

LESS IS MORE: Marillion brings its repertoire, with new acoustic sounds, to the Baltics.

TALLINN - Music has been a part of people's lives since the time civilization began; it's a part of most every culture. Music helps people to feel connected to each other and provokes different emotions. Music is around us all, and keeps on growing, growing to new ideas and feelings that captures its listeners.

Music is not only a combination of pleasant sounds, but an art which reflects life. It reflects people's ideas and emotions. In this world of ours, filled with conflicts, tragedies, joys and hopes, music strives to speak to people about what is most important, urgent and poignant.
To many people in many cultures music is an important part of their way of life. Greek and ancient Indian philosophers defined music as tones ordered horizontally as melodies, and vertically as harmonies.

However, 20th-century composer John Cage thought that any sound can be music, saying, for example, "There is no noise, only sound." According to musicologist Jean-Jacques Nattiez, the border between music and noise is always culturally defined - which implies that, even within a single society, this border does not always pass through the same place; in short, there is rarely a consensus... By all accounts there is no 'single' and 'intercultural' universal concept defining what music might be, except that it is 'sound through time.'

The world-wide known English band Marillion is going to surprise all its fans with its new concert, which will take place on Nov. 8 in Tallinn. Marillion will be the first rock band to perform on stage at the Nokia Concert Hall, opening in the new Solaris Center. The band will present their acoustic concert program within the framework of the tour 'Less is More.'

"Our band will make a brilliant display of our works, from the earliest to the last, and the compositions shall be presented in a new acoustic sounding," said the band's guitarist Steve Rothery. In his words, parts of these compositions were never presented in an acoustic way, and a new arrangement and coloring shall be given to them. "We also look forward to the moment when we perform for the audience in an intimate atmosphere," he added.

Marillion was formed in 1979 in Aylesbury, England, and the band's name was inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's novel "Silmarillion." Due to the return of progressive rock spreading around the globe in the early '80s, their fame has been growing rapidly, mostly due to the first works of Marillion which were inspired by the music of such rock giants like Genesis, Yes, Rush and Pink Floyd. Since 1988 the members of Marillon stayed the same: Steve Hogarth (vocalist), Steve Rothery (guitarist), Mark Kelly (keyboards), Pete Trewavas (bassist), Ian Mosley (drummer).

The band has released 14 studio albums, different concert albums and a collection of works. The most successful of them was Misplaced Childhood, released in 1985, which reached the top of English CD sales, with hit single Kayleigh at the top of the singles charts in both England and the U.S.
The Estonian audience met Marillion in 1993, when the band was the headliner of Rock Summer.

The band's music has changed stylistically throughout their career. The band members themselves have said that each new album tends to represent a reaction to the preceding one, and for this reason their output is difficult to 'pigeonhole.' Their original sound is best described as guitar- and keyboard-led progressive rock and has sometimes been compared with '70s-era Genesis.
Within the acoustic tour 'Less is More,' the band will perform in most European countries, many performances to be held in churches and theaters.

Marillion will also perform  in Vilnius Congress Hall on Nov. 10 and in Riga Congress Hall on Nov. 11.