Dowlands Lachrimae was perfectly suited for Astria Oboe Trio and HaftCraft, but how to turn it into a contemporary production? The Estonian composer Tõnu Kõrvits was chosen, having already composed for double reed instruments before. His creative work resulted in 7 Driftwoord Songs for a double reed quintet and archlute in the middle part. Along with the arrangements of Erik Desimpelaere, who introduced pauses for the 5 wind instruments in the old Dowland songs, it is an unforgettably colourful and rich palette for each instrument on its own. The music in combination with the video art of Mark Raidpere made it an international production and took Astria Oboe Trio up to Tallinn.
Pupils either choose for oboe willingly, because they are fascinated by the instrument or by coincidence. Quite often they start at the age of seven, playing parts after one year already. The condition is however they exercise 20 to 30 minutes daily. In doing so they learn the correct blowing technique and develop the mouth muscles.
Oboe is rarely chosen as an instrument though because it is unknown. Astria Oboe Trio have wanted to do something about this from the outset, amongst other with arrangements.