“The Voice of the Flower” - Sound journey with Karl Nieler on August 31 in Lilleoru

31. August, 16.00 to 21.00

Musician Karl Nieler's live improvisations combine the sounds of 30 Indian sound bowls, 6 Chinese Wuhan gongs, bassoon and other Himalayan instruments.

All nature consists of oscillations. The sounds are the vibrations we can hear. The whole world we see, including the people, is part of this endless music. 

The strong vibrations and long-fading sounds of the North Indian sound bowls are much more than just relaxation, they open the doors into the depths within or into the far reaches of the space. Indeed, it was one large clear-sounding and overtone-rich sound bowl that inspired Karl to create this unique constellation of sounds in 2012.

“Man is the soul and the soul is the body. We hear with the whole body and sometimes we say it went to my soul or heart. We also hear with ears, bones and the whole body, right from the womb. Nowadays people try to gather a lot of good things into themselves, but unfortunately silence is forgotten, it is simply forgotten to be empty - like a sounding bowl that can only sound empty,” reflects Karl. 

Come to the concert and let your soul ring, it's good to be empty.

The concert has two parts:

4 pm - 5 pm Workshop and concert for children

- listening to a quiet instrument (kalimba, harmonica, bassoon, sounding board, gong, zimbel, bell)
- discovering how one "ordinary" piece of music becomes beautiful through quiet moments and silence
- listening, sensing and experimenting with large and small sound bowls from very close (a few inches away)
- noticing different aspects when holding instruments in their hands and playing by themselves
- perceiving the sound when standing inside a large sound bowl (sound bowls are between 5 and 58 cm in diameter and weigh up to 12 kg)
- a small introduction to the bassoon and how it compares to the world of sound bowls: famous examples of the classical bassoon repertoire, such as: Ravel's "Bolero", Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf", Mozart's "Figaro"
- a small concert with a bassoon and sound bowls and gongs

7pm - 9pm Concert and sound journey for adults 

“Primeval forest”
“Whisper of Stars”
“Eternal Water”
“In the Heart of the Mountains”
“The voice of the flower”

About the musician:

Karl Nieler was born in Tallinn into a family of artists. His journey as a musician began as a child with Estonian folk dance, then with the folk instrument ensemble “Piibarid” conducted by Toivo Luhats and later with the early music ensemble “Linnamuusikud” with Taivo Niitvägi. At the age of 15, Karl became interested in Ravi Shankar's music. Thus, even before studying bassoon in music schools, he had gained musical experience and understanding of Western European early music and Estonian and Indian folk music.

Karl studied bassoon and baroque bassoon in Karlsruhe, Geneva, Lyon and Tallinn. His musical life took him through Munich, France and Spain. Since 2001, Karl has been working as a solo bassoon player with the Munich Federal Police Brass Band. His studies were followed by concert tours, recordings, and radio and television broadcasts with various international orchestras such as the Orchestra des Champs-Élysées, the Freiburg and Helsinki Baroque Orchestras, the Concerto Copenhagen, the Australian Chamber Orchestra. In 2020, he will be touring with J.E.Gardiner Orchestra in the US, Greece and Spain, and with MusicAeterna in Japan and South Korea.

In 2012, Karl discovered a new world of sounds – “Sound Of The Flower”. He has performed at the 2017 Glassperlenspiel festival in Tartu, at various concert halls in Tallinn, at the Estonian Orthodox Church in Haapsalu, in Le Musée Georges-Labit in Toulouse, France, in Munich, Kißlegg, the Florsheim Hospitality and many other places.

In 2014, he released the album “Sound Of The Flower”.


Date and place
Venue: School house, Lilleoru, Taevasmaa tee 2, Aruvalla küla, Rae vald
Payment info
Participation fee: 

Workshop and concert for children 16.00-17.00 - contribution 5 €
Concert and sound journey for adults 19.00-21.00 - contribution 15 €

Registration and additional info

Please register at: ave.oit@lilleoru.ee. Please let us know which part of the program you want to attend!

CAFETERIA. Cafeteria is open before and after the concert. We offer cold beverages, tea, coffee, organic ice cream, sweet and salty snacks.

SHOES. In the concert hall and all the house, we use only inside shoes. You can take your own shoes, use local ones or wear just socks. 

Ave Oit
+372 56 499 199