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.
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.