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
It is with great pleasure that IĻĢI announce that we are traveling to WOMEX, which is taking place in Budapest this year. We are not going there only to take part in the convention, but we have the honour of PERFORMING there and in we will be in excellent company! The eminient British multi-instrumental explorer, producer and world music journalist Andrew Cronshaw will be introducing us!
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Keep your fingers crossed that all goes well for us!
To celebrate nature's awakening and the victory of light over dark, we have prepared a special program of spring songs, which we will perform in several cities across Latvia.
The spring equinox, or the Big Day in Latvian dainas, is when darkness is overtaken by the sun. Days grow longer than nights, the sun shines brighter, and a new fertility cycle begins. Plants sprout and the birds return. Our concert program "Three Days the Sun Rose" is comprised of songs dedicated to the spring awakening and to the sun.
There are fewer songs about the spring equinox or Big Day than you might imagine. Nevertheless, we have long wanted to sing and play about this wonderful moment in nature and time of year. In addition, Iļģi's birthday is in April. We have to celebrate!
You, our friends in music, are dearly awaited at our concerts!
04/03 Cēsis, Vidzemes concert hall "Cēsis", 19:00
04/05 Rīga, concert hall "Rīga", 12:00
04/06 Rēzekne, Latgalian embassy "GORS", 17:00
Tickets are available at Biļešu Paradīze kiosks, online at http://www.bilesuparadize.lv, and at the concert venues.
Our tour this summer, "Dark night, green grass," will take place at large outdoor venues. The concerts will begin at 10 PM. Parts of "Spēlēju, dancoju" will be included in our performances.
Around midnight we will begin playing "dančus" (simple folk dances). Members of Rīga Dance Club will be on hand to demonstrate and get the dancing started.
We will cover much of Latvia over the summer:
July 18th, Jelgava
July 25th, Valmiera
August 16th, Liepāja
August 22nd, Cēsis
August 23rd, Rēzekne
We hope to see you!
June had a great start - a concert in Prague. We never imagined our music had so many friends in the Czech Republic. And what a surprise - many of them speak Latvian very well. Pāvels Štolls has taught Latvian at Charles University for many years, and was our guide for a very long walk through breathtaking Prague. Thank you!
We are getting ready for our first big concert of the summer in Latvia. It will take place on June 15th at 6 PM at the Dzintari concert hall. This will be our only concert this summer geared for families with children. Our musical guests will be children and youngsters: the folklore group "Vārpas" and the vocal studio "Tev un man." The rest of our summer performances will be night concerts.
We will play at "Egle" in Vecrīga three times in June: the 9th, 16th and 27th.