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EDITORIAL

EPIFANIO RECOMMENDS

My Bookshelves
Silvia Lorenzi

INTERVIEW WITH THE PERCUSSIONIST OF CORNERSHOP AND SOUND THERAPIST PETE BENGRY
August Künnapu

INTERVIEW WITH GERALDINE SWAYNE
Harry Pye

Interview with GINA BIRCH
Harry Pye

TWO TRIPS AND A COLLECTION OF POETRY
Vilen Künnapu

THE MEANING OF LIFE OF A TAXOPHONIST
Nato Lumi

AUGUST KÜNNAPU'S PAINTING OF MARJU KUUT

TEAM

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Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the ima- gination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.

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Epifanio no 21 is a special issue of Music. Creating emotional sounds is a great art. Music has always been important in my life and also in my work as a painter. At ten I was excited about Doors, Leonard Cohen and Sugarcubes. In secondary school days in the mid-1990s I became a fan of the fascinating British bands such as Pulp, Tindersticks, Pastels and Cornershop. In 2023 the Cornershop’s percussionist Pete Bengry lives in Kangro near Tartu working as a sound therapist. We visited his home studio with Epifanio’s photographer Fred- Erik Kerner. Pete’s dream was to write music for just one person depending on his or her needs, mental and physical condition. Among Esnonian groups I was impressed in my secondary school by Dallas and Vennaskond. The latter has influenced many of today’s musicians. Ramo Teder (Pastacas, Puuluup) and Lauri Sommer (Kago) studied guitar after Vennaskond’s songs and in the top three of poets for both was Tőnu Trubetsky, the band leader. In the current Epifanio, Mait Vaik, the band’s bass guitarist and author of several songs, reminisces about the idealistic period of Vennaskond from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s. This is a obliga- tory-voluntary reading for young musicians at the start of their careers. The text includes some poems from Vaik’s younger years, known from Vennaskond repertoire. We also present a selection of poetry by Taave „Tuutu“ Tuutma who is mainly known as a performance artist.
Harry Pye examines the contacts between music and art in the work of two Brits, Gina Birch and Geraldine Swayne. Gina Birch is a founding mem- ber of the legendary British post-punk band The Raincoats who recently issued a solo album and whose studio is bursting of paintings in various sta- ges of completion. Geraldine Swayne experiments with the possibilities in the art of painting, but for years she has also been a member of Faust, one of the leading lights of German krautrock.
Nato Lumi writes about a good friend of his, a taxophonist who drives a taxi and plays the saxop- hone. The piece is illustrated by Aliis Vatku.
Vilen Künnapu unites his impressions of Mexico and the island of Sámos with the new debut poetry collection by Kai Kits, „The Story of Becoming”. A little hint to musicians – you should write music to some of Kai’ poems.
Madis Nestor, a melomane who established the Biit Me record shop gives a brief overview of his record collection, and the Italian Silvia Lorenzi who lives in Tallinn talks about her library.

August Künnapu

August Künnapu. Self-portrait as a gardener
Acrylic on canvas, 70 x 50 cm, 2022

„After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music,” said Aldous Huxley. Long live music!

P.S. The writing of the Editor’s Column was accompanied by Antonio Vivaldi’s „Four Seasons“.

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