WHO WE ARE
Our name "Estelliah" consists of 3 words. We combined the words "Quelle" and "lähde" (German and Finnish for "source") with the words "crystal" and "stillness" to make a nice-sounding name that rolls off the tongue.
We are a group of 5 professional, classical musicians from Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Latvia and the United States. Our enjoyment of free improvisation is what brought us together, and as an ensemble we create contemplative, sacred experiences.
Ilze Gagaine (Latvia)
ILZE studied violin at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music. Since graduating, she has been playing in various projects, traveling, teaching, and giving workshops. She enjoys interdisciplinary collaboration with different artists and loves jazz and free improvisation–there are so many new surprises and musical colours to be found!
Isa Halme (Finland)
ISA studied violin at the Sibelius Academy in Finland. After graduating she's been working as an orchestra musician and is an active member of two chamber music groups that focus on improvising. Besides exploring new musical dimensions through improvisation she loves running, spending time in nature and slow mornings with an extra cup of coffee.