Photos with Tarmo Urb
The Brothers Urb's life in the performing arts has spanned many decades and taken many forms. Having won notoriety at an early age as a popular performing duo, Thomas and Tarmo Urb were the first musical act to ever play a solo concert in the prestigious Estonia Concert Hall during Soviet times, an engagement they continue to sell out annually. Read more... De Janiero Earth Summit. Their songs are believed by many to have a transformative effect, bringing about change and ideological revolution. So powerful is the message of the Brothers Urb's music that Tarmo once spent 5 years in and out of Soviet jails in an effort by the government to silence his voice. It was only when younger brother Thomas (who, during Tarmo's incarceration, had made his mark as a highly respected actor in the Soviet film industry) wrote a pleading letter to then President Gorbachev that Tarmo was finally released... only to face an assassination attempt by the KGB, an attempt that failed when the operation's chief officer became a fan of the Urb's music and message, allowing the brothers to defect by the skin of their teeth. As dramatic as any book or motion picture, the true story of the Urb Brothers inspired the 1991 best selling novel "Kaksi Kapunkia"("Two Cities"), written by Finnish novelist Harry Sirola. Today, Thomas Urb has returned to Estonia where he continues to act on the international stage and screen, having just completed a leading role in esteemed German film director Nana Dzhordzhadze's powerful "Rainbowmaker". Tarmo Urb resides in Los Angeles, California spearheading Karmonika Productions, a motion picture production company focused on bringing the Urb Brothers' varied lives and artistry to creative culmination.