2020 marks the 90th anniversary of Veljo Tormis' birth, the occasion upon which a definitive online resource based on his works is being launched at the maestro's birthplace in Kõrveaia, Estonia, on August 7. Already commenced during his lifetime, the purpose of this information database is to ensure the availability, preservation, dissemination and promotion of Tormis' internationally recognised creative heritage. The development and completion of the Veljo Tormis Virtual Center has so far been supported by EAÜ, KULKA, the Year of Digital Culture 2020 and Kuusalu Parish.
The Virtual Centre invites contributions of work and material related to Tormis - in digital form - of the following kind:
To commemorate the anniversary, Olev Muska has provided the Centre with a 128-page .PDF booklet entitled 'VELJO TORMIS + OLEV MUSKA + KIRI-UU = a remarkable creative encounter' that is a compilation of photos, letters, reviews, diagrams, designs, artworks and other memorabilia documenting Veljo's special little Australian connection from 1985 to the present day.
ILUS NEIU KIIGEL / PRETTY GIRL ON A SWING
• Estonian folk song from the Kuusalu district
• Trad. arr. Olev Muska after Veljo Tormis
• From the Tormis cycle >>Estonian calendar songs<<
• Original Kiri-uu recording 1988
• Remixed in 2006, 2016 and 2020
LII LEE JA ROCKABILLY
• Ingrian folk song
• Trad. arr. Olev Muska inspired by Veljo Tormis
• Recorded in 1993
• Remixed in 2015