The Estonian vocal ensemble Heinavanker was founded in 1996 as a unique meeting point for musicians active in different fields. This group, under direction of composer Margo Kõlar, has delved into early sacred music, our ancestors’ traditions, and contemporary imagination. Ancient runic songs and folk hymns are an important part of Heinavanker’s repertoire.
The name “Heinavanker" originates from fifteenth-century Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch’s painting Haywain Triptych. Its allegoric scenes seem as if inspired from today’s life. In this unusual painting, there is a huge stack of hay, rolling through a land that is laboring in acquisitiveness towards destruction. In the midst of this, music arises. Both a snide demon and a praying angel are trying to get the musicians under their domain of influence.