“Let it sound once again: Jaak Joala & Radar”
Radar – the legendary flagship of Estonian fusion from the 1970-80’s – is bringing back the hits of pop music icon Jaak Joala and its own popular instrumental classics. Jaak Joala’s unforgettable legacy is revived on stage by the excellent singer and Joala’s student Koit Toome.
Radar (1977-1988) was renowned all over the U.S.S.R. and beyond for their grand concert tours featuring the superstar-status singer Jaak Joala. Back then, they would play up to 7 concerts in a day. Jaak Joala collaborated with Radar from 1977 until 1983.
Over the years, Radar transformed from a professional backing ensemble into an independent instrumental group. Membership of the band also changed several times.
Koit Toome, truly the “salt of the Earth” of Estonian pop music, is well-known since the mid-‘90s, when he formed one half of the pop duo Code One. Whether it be pop music stages, numerous musicals, instrumental concerts (Koit is an excellent piano player), tribute performances to legends, TV shows or Eurovision – Koit is perfectly comfortable in all of them and the audiences love him. This is also attested by chart rankings, various awards and prizes. For instance, in 2013, his versatility, aptitude and stage presence earned him the grand prize in the hit TV show “Your Face Sounds Familiar” (TV3).
In the summer of 2008, Koit Toome undertook a month-long tour titled “Jaak Joala lauldud laule. Sügav kummardus õpetajale” (“Songs of Jaak Joala. A Deep Bow Towards the Teacher”), in the course of which he performed 23 concerts. The songs performed on the tour were also recorded and released on the album “Sügav kummardus õpetajale” (“A Deep Bow Towards the Teacher”).
“I have a lot of respect for Jaak Joala. I see him as the most talented and spectacular Estonian singer of all time. I am very fortunate to have met him – we were introduced when I was about 14-15 years old.” — Koit Toome