"Dear Alle i Giuly, thanks for your welcome! I'm pretty new here on that page and didn't have time to deal with that properly yet.. :-)
I hope to have time soon, to listen to your music!
Have a blessed time there!
Producer, Vocalist, Manager, Arranger, Composer, Business Manager, Jazz Presenter, Journalist, Entertainment Publication
Tell us a little about your background...
BTW: I'm calling myself: Maryn!!!:-) , because my real name has it in... marynEL..:-) I was just moving from one country to another and it takes some time, until i could get up my studio again...
I was born in the Soviet Estonia! Felt like I was in a box.:-) I did my third performance in my life at the first International Jazz Festival here, in Tallinn (with a Russian band, because they played much better than Estonians), and my name got into the international jazz magazine Downbeat (twice!) After that occasion I was immediately declared persona non Grata in the Soviet Estonia. After the next International Jazz Festival in Tallinn, jazz, as such, got totally prohibited in the USSR. So to survive, I had to start singing regular pop in Estonian and also in Russian.., sometimes still in English.., though I didn’t understand a word in English, lyrics became for me like notes, as part of the music. I imitated words so well, that it was hard to believe that I didn’t talk English myself. Thanks to my Big Band Leader, A.Rjabov, I got to make very many Albums by Record Company Melodia, which was that time the only one in Soviet. Gave 14 jazz concerts in Leningrad and many concerts in Soviet... Constant airplay and TV Shows...
But of course, for creative people the scene was too narrow! That’s why so many people tried to get out of the USSR any way they could, mostly through marriage (as I did). I recorded over 500 tunes in Soviet Estonia, but after my emigration more than half of tunes-tapes (that time in Soviet everything was recorded on a tapes yet) have been liquidated.., because of I was persona non grata.
I lived in Sweden about 8 years, where my main work was as a Radio Producer, and the same time could learn also many instruments to play.... Made an Album also in Stockholm together with my son Uku. Played a lot at Jazz Clubs etc.. Wrote and recorded many tunes with Swedish Jazz Musicians..
Got lucky to live also in LA, in Santa Monica for some years, but for some reason life brought me back to Estonia, where I'm living right now..
As my name was pretty difficult to pronounce in US, I changed my name to: Maryn E. Coote, which is also on my records.. My real name is Marju Marynel Kuut, but i prefer to call myself as - Maryn.
So, - i am a singer - songwriter - producer - manager - a DJ-MEK - arranging concerts - journalist- .. etc. . My Company is called: LIVINGLOVING - Entertainment Media Fashion ("Living-Loving" is also one of my songs Title :-)
An interview about Marju Kuut was Written by: Sam Hopkins An American Top Music Magazine "Wax Poetics" Nr. 28: ----------------------
>>This is the story of soul under fire, as told by two whose musical lives trilled with the times. Marju Kuut (Marju Marynél Kuut,- also as Maryn E. Coote) was dubbed the best jazz singer in the Soviet Union in the American press, only to be declared a pariah in her home country soon after. Written by: Sam Hopkins -------------------
SH:Do you prefer to sing in English or Estonian? Everything I've heard of yours is in Estonian and I love it, but do you think it has limited your international attention?
MK: If something has limited me, then it's just that I was born in the Soviet Union! I felt like I was in a box.:-)
I did my third performance in my life at the first International Jazz Festival here, in Tallinn (with a Russian band, because they played much better), and my name got into the international jazz magazine Downbeat (twice!)—“Maju Kuut is the best jazz singer in the USSR!” The Moscow correspondent probably sent it by phone, since it was 1965.
In English you don’t pronounce the R [with a tap or rolled sound], so my name came out as Maju, instead of Marju. After that occasion I was immediately declared persona non grata in the Soviet Union. So to survive, I had to start singing regular pop in Estonian and also in Russian. After the next International Jazz Festival in Tallinn, jazz, as such, got totally prohibited in the USSR.
But my first song ever was Errol Garner’s “Misty,” and it WAS in English. I can’t even imagine how it would sound in Estonian. So, all my first repertoire was “Ella Fitzgerald in Berlin,” though I was growing up with Russian choir music that was contemporary in the Soviet Union.
As I didn’t understand a word in English, lyrics became for me like notes, as part of the music. I imitated words so well, that it was hard to believe that I didn’t talk English myself. I’ve also sung in Russian, Finnish, Swedish, Portuguese, French, and Italian.
But of course, I prefer to sing in English! My style of music is just made for English. Also in Portuguese… Here in Estonia I just have to sing pretty often in Estonian. I actually make instrumental tunes and hope I can make an album out of that material.
SH: Did you ever feel pressure about your lyrics or your music under Soviet rule?
MK: You know, I was, and still am, too straight-talking. I never said something that didn’t feel good in my heart. Everybody knew my style, which wasn’t ethical for a Soviet person anyway. But anyway, I was persona non grata.
In Soviet times, writers wrote lyrics in Estonia so that if you read them, it was correct for Soviet [authorities], but you had to read between the lines. That’s what made lyrics so important.
SH: Are you aware that some of your old records are sold for a high price to “rare groove” collectors?
MK: Yes, I am! I found it out years ago by searching for my name. Sometimes the price looks so high that I really wonder, what’s going on? Of course, I wouldn’t mind getting some cool percentage out of that. I don’t even know, who’s dealing with that business there?
SH: Did you make records only for Melodiya (the Soviet state-run label) or did you work with Estonian labels also?
MK: Sorry, at that time Soviets had only one label—Melodiya! Since it was one state, they released records for all of the Soviet republics. Estonia had only one radio house and one channel to listen to, and no record company! I had a conductor/producer/clarinet player, Aleksander Ryabov, who had those contracts with Melodiya, and I was just a singer for his big band with those beautiful strings.
SH: Was the Estonian music scene only hurt by Soviet rule or did it help in any way?
MK: You know, it was a pretty interesting time, because if you have stupid rules, you have to use your head and take the best out of that. It was a big game anyway, because we all knew how stupid it was, but everybody had to play in front of each other, still. Yet everybody played straight from their hearts, because it was the only thing they had...
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