Last Wednesday we received good news about a project closely related to Iļģi - "Gadapkārti" ("Around the Year").
The album is on the "Upe Tuviem un Tāliem" label, which submitted it for consideration for the "Golden Microphone", the annual Latvian Recording industry award, in the "Best Children's Music Album" category. From the judges: "Of the twelve submitted children's albums 'Gadapkārti' was recognized as the best effort. From summer until winter. Around the Year. From winter until summer, performed by Ilga Reizniece's students."
Ilga's students were the vocalists and created the beautiful artwork. They were accompanied by Egons, Māris, Gatis, Mārtīņš, and of course, Ilga herself. Behind the sound board and most of the inspired arrangements was Egons.
We are especially happy about receiving the "Golden Microphone" because all five nominated albums are wonderful - it is an honor to be in such company!
The album SVENTAVA will be released in early August. All Iļģi bandmembers participated in this new recording, as well as several well-known musicians - Uģis Prauliņš, Aleksandrs Dmitrijevs, Ainars Mielavs, Laimis Rācenājs and many more. . . .
SVENTAVA contains a dozen songs documented by Ilmārs Mežs during a folklore expedition in the late 1980's, and subsequently musically arranged by Māris Muktupāvels.
It has to be heard!
The Latvian Song and Dance Festival is held every five years in Rīga. This summer Iļģi will take part in these Festival events:
June 30th, 4 p.m., Parade of National Costumes at the International Exhibition Center on Ķīpsala. The Parade's new director, Inga Tropa, brings fresh ideas to this year's event. Working with her has been very interesting.
July 2nd, 8 p.m., Concert of Folk Music "Raksti." Directed by Raimonds Tiguls, this concert will feature many of Latvia's best-known folk artists.
July 6th, Folklore Day. Festivities in the city center and at the Open Air Ethnographic Museum. Ilga Reizniece will lead dancing in a very special place - at the Freedom Monument from 6 to 8 p.m. Live music by Iļģi and others.
Iļģi's music is part of the Grand Dance Concert repertoire.
Ilga Reizniece's students, the folklore group "Vārpa", will be at the child and youth folklore group concert "Blanket of Stars" on June 30th at 2 p.m.
On November 11th at Ventspils’ “Jūras vārti” we will join with Collegium Vocale Ventspils and Jaunais Rīgas Teātris actor Kaspars Znotiņš in a performance of “Piesaukšana”. Composer Uģis Prauliņš based his work on “Piemini Latviju” by author Jānis Jaunsudrabiņš. The performance, conducted by Ivars Cinkuss, will begin at 6 PM. Tickets are available at Biļešu serviss.
We will celebrate Latvia’s Independence Day on November 16th in Oslo at an event hosted by the Latvian Association in Norway.
Our contribution to the celebration in Rīga on November 18th is a new recording of music for the fireworks. This could be the first time they will be accompanied by Latvian folk songs.
We are looking forward to seeing our friends in the U.S. soon!
Celebrate Jāņi with Māris, Gatis, Egons and Mārtiņš at Garezers on June 23rd. Festivities begin at 8 PM, followed by a zaļumballe later in the evening. http://www.garezers.org/.
On Saturday, June 30th, all five Iļģi will perform a concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. The concert begins at 8:00 PM in the Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets are only $15 and are available online or by calling 773-728-6000.
Friday, July 6th, 9:00 PM Iļģi concert in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom. Afterwards stick around for the dance with music by Adam Zahl.
Saturday, July 7th, 11:00 AM we will accompany the Folk Costume Parade in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom.