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MxTAB2019 – Rebecca Kontus

Rebecca Kontus is a professional singer-songwriter. With her smooth timbre best at home in jazz, she has also experimented various other genres, ranging from gospel to rock. Her 5 solo albums (Inglite pisarad, Déjà Vu, Võin ma tulla, Flâneur, Jõuludeks koju) provide a colourful journey. Her latest project is dedicated to Edith Piaf and has drawn a large audience to each venue featuring it so far in Estonia.

For Musicity x TAB 2019, Rebecca created a piece in response to the spaces of the Port Noblessner Square.

Here, she shares her insights:

With my musical inspiration it is an interesting story. Since I had the luck to design the public space of Noblessner quarter, then I thought, why not to connect the two fields and also make music about it.

I work in PLUSS Architects in Estonia and we won an architectural competition for Noblessner quarter in 2014 and since the area is quite large, it also needed a profound design for a public space. As a former submarine factory and later a shipyard, the history became the inspiration for the new design concept.

The Krusenstern square is clearly a public space and a main meeting point in Noblessner quarter. The square with its spaciousness creates possibilities for different events and with its openness to the sea offers a feeling of an infinite space.

From the Northern side of a square there are visible numbers from 1 to 10 which mark the Battleship playground, but the letters (ABC…) from a game have been changed to NOBLESSNER, so the area is visible from Google Maps or from a plane. The accents of a square are of course the big red Krane lamps, which were inspired by a silhouette of Tallinn. Since the historical cranes had been already removed from this place, I figured it needed new ones and to really emphasise them, why not turn them into red?

Citizens have not been allowed to this area for decades, it has been like a restricted area, which is now turned into a public space - opposite meaning. For me it is a compliment that so many people come here for photoshoots or just to stroll the beautiful seaside.

My inspiration for the musical piece for Musicity is in fact derived from those exact people, who spend time in here. It is visible especially in the summer evenings. And it also gives me the feeling that if they like it here, “I LIKE IT HERE…”

 

Credits:

I LIKE IT HERE...’ by Rebecca Kontus releases September 14 as part of Tallinn Architecture Biennale.

To listen to ‘I LIKE IT HERE...’, open the Musicity x TAB 2019 Web App and go to the Port Noblessner Square!

Musicity x TAB 2019 is commissioned by Tallinn Architecture Biennale - Satellite Programme,the Estonian Ministry of Culture, Eesti Arhitektuurikeskus, EFTEN Capital, Arsenal Keskus, Põhjala tehas and Noblessneri sadamalinnak.

With thanks to: all our Musicity artists, Kirke Päss (curator of TAB 2019 Satellite Programme), TAB2019, Rainer Lillo Music Van and Balbiino.