Meelis Vind, bass clarinet

Clarinetist, jazz musician and composer Meelis Vind began his music studies in clarinet with Harli Maanus and trumpet with Jaan Linde at Kiviõli Music School. In 1983, Vind graduated from Tallinn Music High School in Hans Suurväli clarinet class and in 1983–1987 continued his studies at Leningrad Conservatory under the supervision of Pavel Suhkanov. In 1992, Vind graduated from Estonian Academy of Music in clarinet with Hannes Altrov. In 1987, Meelis Vind was awarded the second prize at the Estonian National Competition for Woodwind Players.


Since 1987 Vind has worked as orchestral musician in Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and since 2008 taught clarinet and saxophone in Georg Ots Music School. He has also been teaching in Nõmme Music School (2004–2010).


Meelis Vind is an active chamber musician, focusing on contemporary music performance. He has participated in several projects of new music, including contemporary music ensembles NYYD and Ensemble U:. Meelis Vind has premiered new Estonian clarinet music, including Pille Kangur’s Searching for a Song for bass clarinet, Mirjam Tally’s The Rowan Sea for bass clarinet, and Helena Tulve’s Passage Secret for two clarinets (with Tarmo Pajusaar) and participated in several premiere performances of Estonian new chamber music written by René Eespere, Lepo Sumera and Helena Tulve.


Meelis Vind as jazz musician is self-taught, although he considers his friend and long-term artistic partner guitarist Ants Laigi his teacher. Since 1996 Vind has been a member of Raivo Tafenau Quintet and Duo Tafenau-Vind and he has played in Estonian Dream Big Band since its founding in 1998. He has also performed in different groups with almost all outstanding Estonian jazz musicians, such as percussionist Tanel Ruben, instrumentalists Riho Sibul, Raul Sööt, Raul Vaigla, Virgo Sillamaa and vocalist Kadri Voorand, and cooperated with singer Tõnis Mägi, ensemble Lippajad and American hip-hop and beatboxer Napoleon Maddox.


Meelis Vind has also himself founded several ensembles and composed music for them – Vind Project (album Twilight Patterns, 2006), VindPower (album WindPower, 2012), Vind Project 2, and Vind Project 3 (album Liivamandala, 2013). He has appeared at jazz festivals both in Estonia and abroad and collaborated with international names in jazz, like Markus Ketola and Kálmán Oláh. Vind has also practised free improvisation. In 2014, Meelis Vind was awarded the Danske Jazz Award for intensive and creative activity as jazz musician.

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Tõnu Kõrvits

Hymns to the Nordic Lights

Orchestral Works

Digital release in January, CD available in February

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

Risto Joost, conductor

Meelis Vind, bass clarinet

ODE 1349-2

Released 01/2020

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