Dear friends, we hope to see you in November during our whirlwind tour of the East Coast. As we mark our 35th anniversary we look forward to sharing songs old and new, including some from our soon to be released album.
Nov. 12, 12 PM, Latvian Ev. Lutheran Church, 254 Valentine Lane, Yonkers
Nov. 13, 1 PM, Boston Latvian Center, 58 Irving St., Brookline, MA
Nov. 16, 7 PM, Cleveland Latvian Lutheran Church Hall, 1385 Andrews Ave., Lakewood, OH
Nov. 18, 7 PM, Latvian Canadian Cultural Center, 4 Credit Union Drive, Toronto
Nov. 19, 2 PM, Latvian Society Hall, 531 N. 7th St., Philadelphia, PA
Nov. 20, 1 PM, Priedaine, 1017 Hwy 33, Freehold Township, NJ
We are honored to participate in commemorations of Latvia’s independence with concerts in all cities, except Cleveland, where we will be the headliner.
This tour is organized by the Latvian Cultural Association Tilts with support from the Latvian Foundation Inc. and the Latvian Ministry of Culture through the World Federation of Free Latvians.
See you soon!
Summer continues in good company - this weekend in the Kurzeme region!
On Friday, August 12th we will take part in the 2016 Fontaine Rock Festival in Latvia's most windy city - Liepāja! Iļģi on the GypsyCamp stage at 8.30 PM.
But on Saturday, August 13th we will be in Priekule, will be 13th Ikars' celebration "Prieks mājo Priekulē" (Joy dwells in Priekule). At 2.00 PM Iļģi takes part in a folk art concert with Latvian folk dance concert "Saule auda zelta jostu” (The Sun weaved a gold belt).
A unique opportunity not only hear, but also see "I Played, I Danced" only on August 5th, 6th and 7th in Valmiermuiža during Valmiera summer theater festival! The festival program says that
"...Rainis’ "I Play, I Dance" is the main event of the festival, a performance saturated with music and dance. It will take place at Stable Theatre ARENA in the county of Valmiermuiža. The story, borrowed from the ancient Greek myths about a gambler who descends in the underground world to save his loved one, is one of Rainis’ most symbol-saturated plays. It is intertwined with Latvian, Greek and Egyptian words and traditions. In beautiful, tragicomic and passionate ways people meet at a wedding to find out more, to see farther and clearer, to carve hearts larger and strings more resonant..."
The music that was written for a production of this play by “Iļģi” 15 years ago remains as one of the most powerful musical experiences proving the existence of catharsis and we have a chance to experience it ourselves this summer in Valmiera.
Tickets available at Biļešu Paradīze.
The Summer Solstice we will begin to celebrate already on June 18th in Valmiermuiža's castle park, beautiful place in the Vidzeme region. Activities of the annual summer solstice celebration "Saulgriezis 2016" will be all day long, but Iļģi on stage at 10.30 PM. We will be playing also "dančus" (simple folk dances). Members of Rīga Dance Club will be on hand to demonstrate and get the dancing started!
See you in Valmiermuiža!
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