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2015.10.29 13:05:56

Iļģi have just returned from Budapest, where this years installment of WOMEX, the yearly leading world music business exposition, took place. This time there were over 2500 delegates from 90 countries! From that count, there were only 280 musicians. It would be more precise to say that Iļģi did not just attend WOMEX, but they were invited to participate in the regional showcases which took place in Budapests’ newest and most grandiose concert complex The Müpa (Palace of Arts). Iļģi was one of the 60 acts to be chosen from the over 1200 applications submitted from around the world.  This was a great honour, considering the great number of applications received. Iļģi have been applying to WOMEX for many years, and finally got the invitation this year-the only group from the Baltic states to be invited!

Iļģi' concert was introduced by renowned world music musician and journalist, longtime WOMEX delegate, Mr. Andrew Cronshaw.

Our song “Ozoliņš sadega” (The Oak Burned), was also chosen for inclusion in the WOMEX expanded music sampler and can be heard online via the WOMEX stream.
The BBC radio 3 interviewed Iļģi member Gatis Gaujenieks which can be heard here.

You can find out more about our trip Budapest on our Facebook page.

Iļģi would like to express our greatest gratitude to the Latvian Music Information Centre, and personally to Ināra Jakubone.

 

Photo credit: Jacob Crawfurd

 

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