The married couple that moved to Setomaa, musician Lenna Kuurmaa and actor Lauri Mäesepp, are transforming the former Obinitsa school-church into the Ilmaveere event- and accommodation centre.
The undertaking is coming to life with the help of the EAS and KredEx joint tourism development fund. One of the recipients of 200.000€ cash injection is a private company JaneDoe Music with its project „Construction of the Ilmaveere Event and Accommodation Centre and related services”.
When speaking about the creation of the name, Kuurmaa mentioned that it carried numerous values: Obinitsa is, in a way, at the edge of the world, and that is the clearest meaning of the name. People come to enjoy nature, beauty and environment to the edge of the world – to Ilmaveere [est. end of the world]. – said Kuurmaa.
We also came to Setomaa: Lenna first, then me. – adds Mäesepp. – We came to the other side of Estonia – to ilmaveere. The distance, the isolation and all the values that are here – that name sums them all up very well. It is not necessary to be somewhere in the centre, sometimes the most valuable things are those most frontier, the farthest.
They are building the center in the former Obinitsa school-church that has been empty for years. This is a completely abandoned, delapidated building, which we now have an opportunity to breathe new life into. – says the musician. The building used to be owned by the church, now, however, it belongs to the founders of the centre.
Last month, Kerli Kivilaan, the new member of Vanilla Ninja, was a guest on Estonian Raadio 2. The information about her joining Vanilla Ninja was announced only at the beginning of March, when the band’s music video to „Encore ‘22” was released. Kerli told Raadio 2 in an interview that she had been a big Vanilla Ninja fan as a teenager and because of that many of the songs from the band’s repertoire belonged to her favourites. However, if she had to choose one, she would have gone with „When The Indians Cry”, which was the first single where her sister’s voice appeared since she had joined the band in the summer of 2004. It was a nice, heartbreaking ballad, where they rode horses on a sandy beach in the video. – stated Kerli.
According to the new Ninja, her sister, Triinu Kivilaan, received the news very positively and was glad to be able to pass the torch to her. The proposal to join the band was made to Kerli by Piret Järvis-Milder. I was quite surprised at first. I knew they had some changes coming. Piret called me and asked what would I think about this idea. It did not take me very long to answer. I considered what were the positives, as there seemed not to be any negatives. – smiled Kerli. According to her, the band’s plans for the future are great, but she cannot talk about anything yet. However, the new music is coming soon. And also, the music that is coming is of the kind that I deal with myself – a little tougher.
The newest Vanilla Ninja music video to the song “Encore” was released already 3 weeks ago. To sum up this extraordinary piece of art’s place in the band’s history, we asked the top visual creators of Estonian young generation and the directors of the video, Eskobros, to tell the story behind their latest work and the cooperation with the legendary Estonian music group. Also, you can see exclusive photos from making of the video here.
“Encore” is without a doubt our most epic video (so far).
I remember one October night Raul rushed into the room extremely excited saying something like: “Romet, you won’t imagine what just landed in our mailbox.” It was an offer from Piret to create a music video for the legendary female band “Vanilla Ninja”. We were sold instantly.
I have to admit, we have never been the biggest listeners, however we have been super fans of the Vanilla Ninja ice cream since childhood. If someone had told us then that one day we would be directing a video for these women, we would never have believed it. This iconic aura guided the whole process and we fully cherished every single moment. It still took a while to realize that we were actually working with such icons.
Vanilla Ninja announced on March 4th that joining them as the new ninja was singer Kerli Kivilaan. Kerli says that as a child she was a Vanilla Ninja fan herself – after all, Triinu Kivilaan, band’s former member, is her older sister. I was a big fan, of course. I remember that when Triinu joined the ninjas, it was a huge sensation in our hometown of Viljandi. At that moment she was our window to the big world of entertainment – we could only listen with amazement to how awesome her life was. – Kerli tells Õhtuleht.
Is there anyone who still recalls who won the preliminary round of Eesti Laul in 2003 and earned the honour to represent Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Latvia? Everyone rather remembers the disappointment they felt when it became clear that „Club Kung-Fu” would not travel to Latvia and the band Ruffus were supposed to pack their suitcases instead.
But the real winners of 2003 were the girls band Vanilla Ninja, because for a long time nobody talked about anything else but the four true rock girls, who later released really great rock-songs, and who does not remember „Cool Vibes” or „Blue Tattoo”?
Possibly the most successful girls band in Estonia disappeared from the picture 10 years ago but now they are back, stronger than ever before. How did it happen, what feeling is accompanying them now that they are making music again and what is their goal – [this is what I talked about] with four ninja girls, Piret Järvis-Milder, Lenna Kuurmaa, Katrin Siska and Triinu Kivilaan, shortly after the release of their new album.
As a band you disappeared for over 10 years, did solo projects and devoted yourselves to your personal lives. Why now was just the right time to come back?
Piret: For a very long time we were planning to come back together and make music again. I think that for the first time we sat down to this idea over ten years ago, a year or a few after we had disappeared from sight.
But earlier there simply was no right moment, as all the things did not go completely to plan, other thing came in the way. That was until February of 2019, when we had a chance to meet face-to-face with out former and present producent, David Brandes, and it felt like that was the right time. And this time we managed, which seems a bit unbelievable – we could start over.
Lenna: It was not planned, that now is time for a break and now to make the band again. It was more that now it was also truly possible for the first time. We needed time to reach this point and feel that we want to do it and we need to do it.
Vanilla Ninja member Piret Järvis-Milder was a recent guest at Raadio 2’s morning show „Hommik!”, where she spoke about the band’s reunion and their new album „Encore”.
The band Vanilla Ninja released the album „Encore” after the 15-years-long break.
Piret Järvis-Milder said that the album „Encore” reached 13th place in Germany’s top album sales chart in the first week after the release and it came as a surprise for her, as the band had not had the chance to advertise the new album yet. The album reached Austrian and Swiss charts as well.
The singer stated that even though the band had many admirers within the German-speaking cultural circle, they had not had to sing in German yet. I would not be surprised if a song in German was to come soon. – mentioned Järvis-Milder and said that although their repertoire was mostly in English, the songs released at the beginning of the band’s career were [written] in Estonian.
Most of the fans have reacted well. – said Järvis-Milder. The former listeners found their way back to us.
12 songs, 12 questions and 4 ninjas | About tears, dangerous nights and faith: regrets do not push forward.
12 different tracks from Vanilla Ninja’s new album „Encore” inspired us to ask questions related to the song titles in order to find out what makes Lenna Kuurmaa, Piret Järvis-Milder, Katrin Siska and Triinu Kivilaan’s eyes water, when they last felt wonderful and when was the last time they regretted anything. Put their new record on and read, as it turns out that, for example, one of them became a school chef for a week…
1. Gotta Get It Right
When was the last time you felt „it has to succeed” and did it succeed [after all]?
Piret: This thought sums up the ninjas’ comeback very well. In fact, throughout this whole time, we had been planning our comeback, it always seemed like maybe it was too much to take on and too complicated to restart the whole machinery. Taking into account that, for example, everyone has families, their own jobs and activities and that we live very far from each other. But the fact is that our album „Encore” is now officially out and it came as a big surprise to us that we were actually able to do it!
Triinu: There are a lot of these things every day that bring you this feeling, even just at work… This is why it is hard to point each of them out individually. But, of course, the biggest successes came to me at work. And in music. Vanilla Ninja’s comeback is also a great success that I could not have even expected.
Lenna: Last week, when I took it upon myself to help at the local school as a cook, as the school chef fell ill. I had to feed 85 people. Yes, it was a success!
Katrin: When I started training our little naughty puppy boy and he has become a young reasonable puppy over time.