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Pantokraator

Interneto svetainė: http://www.panto.ee/

The following is just a short history and list of facts, and a quick summary of Pantokraator’s book „"Valge Raamat"(White Book), published in April 2009.

Pantokraator is an Estonian band that creates unique music, blending elements from progressive rock and folk music.  The album „Pantokraator I“ was released in 1990, „Jäi servi seisma...“ (Standing on the Edge) a CD compilation was released in 2000, and in 2009, the CD „Tormidesööjad“ (Storm Eaters) and the written compilation "Valge Raamat" (White Book) were released.
        

The precursor to Pantokraator was the boy band Propaan from Tartu’s 7th High School grade 8 class.  The band included schoolmates Erik Sakkov, Riho Kukk and brothers Priit and Mait Karm.  In 1983, they renamed themselves Pantokraator.

The band’s first concert took place at the school on 03.12.1983.  Bassist Aivar Otsing joined the band.

In 1984, Pantokraator won the Future Stars and Peoples’ Choice awards at the „Tartu Sügis“ (Tartu Fall) rock festival.  The band was able to access the „Sõprus“ Youth Centre for practices.  Sound technician Mart Moldau joined the band.

Pantokraator’s 1985 performance „Merikajakas“ (Seagull by Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull) was produced by Priit Karm.  It was performed in Estonia’s biggest towns and was recorded by Estonian Television.

In 1986, Pankoraator performed at the Tartu Music Days, which was the most important rock music festival in whole Soviet Union.  Jaan Sööt joined Pantokraator.

In 1987, the only performance that took place was at „Tartu Sügis“ (Tartu Fall), as the band members were completing their mandatory military service.
        

1988 - Singer Lauri Saatpalu joined the band.  Pankoraator performed both in Estonia as well as Armenia and Latvia.  The rock-composition „Rännumäng“ (Wandering Game), produced by Priit Karm, was completed.  The band participated in the VAT-Theatre production „Ma ei saa millestki aru...“ (I don’t understand a thing).

1989 – Pantokraator performed at the Haapsalu and Viljandi rock festivals, Tartu Music Days, Pärnu Fiesta International and at Rock Summer at the Tallinn Song Festival grounds.

1990 – several additions occurred in the band’s line-up:  drummers Roland Puusepp and Peeter Jõgioja as well as guitarist Andres Moro joined the band.  The LP „Pantokraator I“ was released.

1991 – fiddler Romet Pott and bassist Kaido Soobik joined Pantokraat.

1992 – guitarists Kalle Vilpuu and Viktor Vasiljev, and fiddler Tõnu Raadik joined the band.  Pankraator participated in the Ruto Killakund prdocution „Pööre. Pirita Kloostri viimased päevad." (Revolution.  The last days of Pirita Cloister).

Estonia regained independence on 20.08.1991.  Ironically, when Estonia introduced its own currency in 1992, the evolution of Pantokraator was no longer possible, and the band split up.

On October 13, 2006, Erik Sakkov and Lauri Saatpalu came together and re-established the group.

In 2007 and 2008, Pantokraator dealt with preparing new material and work in the studio.  Singer Triinu Taul, bassist Henno Kelp and guitarist Taavi Langi joined the band.  In March of 2009, Pantokraator released the single „Metsavaht“ (Forest Guard).

In April of 2009, „Tormidesööjad“ (Storm Eaters), a CD with new materials was released.  A book about the history of Pantokraator by Erik Sakkov was also released.  Along with the book, all albums (released and unreleased) were added in a three-disc set.

The band has written and recorded over one hundred songs, two rock shows have been brought to the stage and numerous awards have been bestowed on the band at various festivals.

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