“Their music creates a soothing ambience, with every person in the room captivated by their synchronicity” - The List
Duo Ruut (Duo Square) is an intersection between two friends, but musicians of a fairly different background and taste. After getting new inspiration from the folklore of their ancestors, in 2017, Katariina Kivi and Ann-Lisett Rebane found themselves sitting together, holding one Estonian zither. On one hand, it was merely a concurrence of several circumstances, but on the other hand, it was a result of a long time of experimentation and academic study. The new instrument was a fresh start for the duo, as it offered many options to invent and master new techniques. Composing on one instrument sets very narrow limits, so it became the main challenge for Duo Ruut to let their imagination out of the box and pack their music full of new and exciting ideas.
In December 2019 Duo Ruut released their debut album "Tuule sõnad” which was awarded as the Debut Album of the Year by Estonian Ethno Music Awards 2020.
The same album was nominated for the Debut Album of the Year and Ethno/Folk Album of the Year by Estonian Music Awards 2021.
In the summer 2021 Duo Ruut released an EP "Kulla kerguseks" ("Golden Light").
In a short period of time Duo Ruut has already travelled around the world, including a tour in Japan or performance at prestigious Celtic Connections in Glasgow.
Listen debut album "Tuule sõnad" ("Words of the Wind") here: