Mingo Rajandi is an artistic director, composer and double bass player.
With degrees in theatre studies, jazz performance and contemporary composition from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Mingo’s rich and multilayered music underpins her fascination with language and international literature, often leading to collaborations across artforms.
Inspired by musical sources as varied as Joni Mitchell, Sting, Tigran Hamasyan, Maurice Ravel, Richard Wagner, Veljo Tormis, Pat Metheny, Antônio Carlos Jobim, and Milton Nascimento, in 2013 she founded Avarus Ensemble, an electro-acoustic chamber group uniting musicians who explore the nexus between jazz and classical music.
She has has written 12 works for Avarus Ensemble, among them commissions from Nargen Festival, Glassperlenspiel Festival and most recently from Estonian Music Week, which resulted in a new work featuring the celebrated bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann.
Projects & Recordings:
2018: Photo – video – music project “Lokkav Labürint” with Peeter Laurits
2017: Physical theatre and music performance “Lingua Franca” (performer and composer)
2016: Interdisciplinary project “The Cap and Bells” with Avarus Ensemble, Shane O’Reilly and Seán MacErlaine inspired by the poetry of W.B Yeats
2016: Composer for Peeter Urbla’s documentary “Tiit Pääsuke ja tembitud värvid”
2016: Composer of “Ennemuistse jahipüssi kuul” performed at Estonia’s Independence Day concert, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste.
2016: Composer for dance production “Hingelind”
2015: Commissions for Nargenfestival and Glassperlenspiel Festivals
2015: Recording for ensemble Verbarium “Vana Tarkus”, collaboration with actor Guido Kangur
2014 – 2015: Recording for ensemble Heliotroop, “Ennemuistse Jahipüssi Kuul”, and concerts with arrangements of the music of Erkki- Sven Tüür.
2007- 2011: Recordings with ensemble Ajavares, “Armastuslaul Rändlinnule”, “Ulmama”, “Kaks Maailma”