Latvian Music News

October

17

Oct

Singer Múr is releasing her second single from upcoming debut album “Under allure”

At the end of this summer Madara (Múr) introduced everyone with a nostalgic preview of the album - first single “Confirmations”, but today Múr is releasing a song with a completely different vibe - “One weak breath away”.

Both songs let listeners understand that the upcoming album “Under allure”, which is coming out soon, is filled with different sounds and emotions. 

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5

Oct

"RIGaLIVE" session #1 aftermovie

Two-day project "RIGaLIVE" is songwriting camp, educational workshops and lectures for music industry.

Music: Kaspars Ansons "Happy Poet Singing".

Video: Rolands Rekke

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3

Oct

“Ewert and The Two Dragons” and “BrainStorm” - present a new, sunny song "We wait for the light".

A bit more than one year has passed since the moment Renars Kaupers ("BrainStorm") and Evert Sundja ("Ewert and the Two Dragons") locked themselves in Renars’ home kitchen and started to work on a new song. By now, seven co-authors have joined the two "kitchen members" and as a result of this, a collaboration between the two bands has born - "Ewert and The Two Dragons" and "BrainStorm"  - present a new, sunny song "We wait for the light".

Once the demo was ready, the first recordings of the song took place in Tallinn, where the song got new melodic lines, but after the work with the song got stock for a while. Swedish friends of "BrainStorm" -  Povel Olsson and David Larson, came to the rescue and gave the song its final touches.

Ewert himself comments on the collaboration: “A little more than a year ago I got a call from an unidentified number.  Well, it turned out to be Renars Kaupers from "Brainstorm" who had a plan. And the plan was to write a song together. So that was exactly what we did, got together and started jamming. The result is here now - nice upbeat, kind of easygoing pop song with a summer-vibe.”

"We wait for the light" has been made with the power of three countries - Estonia, Latvia and Sweden. And with great happiness, we are sharing the song with you!

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September

19

Sep

Latvia will be represented by Elizabete Balčus and Chris Noah in „Reeperbahn” festival.

Every year „Reeperbahn” – one of the biggest showcase festivals in Europe – selects from the strongest and brightest new musicians who will be given a chance to perform in Hamburg at the end of September. This year this opportunity is given to two Latvian musicians – Elizabete Balčus and Chris Noah. They will be enjoying the exclusive attention of the world music industry.

„I’m very happy to be part of a festival where it’s possible to behold the newest and most interesting in the world of music and art. I’ll be taking part in the festival with my electro-acoustic performance where I synthesize electronic and academic music. An important role is given to free-jazz flute improvisations and soniferous vegetables which I use as a synthesizer. This spring I had a chance to perform at „The Great Escape” festival in Brighton that brought forth a lot of new turning points and useful contacts for my future creative work. I hope to show myself from the best side in the „Reeperbahn” festival, widen my audience and find new opportunities and contacts,” – Elizabete Balčus shared her thoughts.

Chris Noah also feels honoured: „I’m glad I can be part of this festival and share the stage with musicians that I highly appreciate because of their music. I wish to prove myself outside of Latvia and I’m especially happy that one of my first foreign stage performances happens to be the „Reeperbahn” festival.”

The festival will be held for the 12th time and will offer 800 various experiences: new musicians, musical shows, newest films and literature, presentations and conferences.

Latvian Music Development Association / Latvian Music Export Office with collaboration with their Lithuanian colleagues are organising a presentation event of both countries „Meet Music Latvia and Lithuania” that will take place on the 22nd of September in the club „Nochtwashe”. On the 21st of September Latvian Music Development Association / Latvian Music Export Office will collaborate with colleagues from Hungary, Check Republic, Russia and Lithuania to organise a Central-Eastern Europe music industry event „CEEntral Party” that will take place at „The Mad Hatter”.

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4

Sep

The devil and the suicidal one in the new and provocative video of the band RYGA

The band RYGA, which recently released its debut album “Catch Her Groove”, as well as took part in festivals “Saldus saule”, “Laba daba” and “LĪVIfest” and has already become known for its confrontational videos, is now releasing a new and thought-provoking video of the record “Give Me Your Love”.

The song is included in the soundtrack of the Daile Theatre performance directed by Dž. Dž. Džilindžers “The death of Banny Manro” (“Bannija Manro nāve”). The performance will return to the stage in late September. This year, the band leader Mārcis Judzis was nominated for this record in the annual theatre award “Spēlmaņu nakts” and received outstanding reviews and critical acclaim of music professionals. Actors of the Daile Theatre Ģirts Ķesteris, Ieva Segliņa and Kaspars Zāle (the Devil) take part in this video.

Mārcis Judzis: “The protagonist of the story is the Devil. He is exceptional in what he does, and now he has chosen two candidates. The evil one, in fact, has a good sense of humour and can dance very well, which is probably why the “clients” are easily caught on his prongs. He also has his magic potions that cause hallucinations so intense that even giraffes start to prance. This is not one of those love stories that end with a white dove set free in a wedding ceremony, but rather with a guitar solo on devil’s prongs as performed by the devil himself, because he is pleased with his achievements and, feeling satisfied, he moves on to new, vulnerable, weak, tired, self-depleted, burnt-out candidates, who have been spat on by oligarchs, because they are the easy targets. Perhaps he is, in fact, a purifier who does not allow the seed of tired and tortured men spread any further?”

The author of the video is Artis Dzērve, who also created the previous video of the band RYGA for the record “Bunny Munro Waltz”, which only recently was broadcast by the German TV channel 3sat. And it was not by accident. At the end of the year, in co-operation with the company “Rough Trade”, the album of the band will be released and distributed also in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Negotiations are under way regarding a tour of the band in clubs of Germany at the time the album is released.

Ryga album “Catch Her Groove” is available at:

iTunes

Spotify

Amazon

CD

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August

28

Aug

New single and video ‘Just A Boy’ by ‘The Bad Tones’ out now.

The up-and-coming Latvian psychedelic rock quartet “The Bad Tones” have released a new single called “Just A Boy” along with a music video. The clip is made using VHS recordings from their childhood.

Most of the used footage is more than 15 years old and filmed by their fathers – Dedzis Andrejs Broders, Juris Levics un Uldis Ozols. Editing has been done by Pēteris Vīksna.

On 26th of August “The Bad Tones” performed in the city of Sigulda as a warm up act for “Carnival Youth”.

“The Bad Tones” was previously known as “The Pink Elepahnt” – their catalogue consists of two albums. Currently the members of the band – Edvards Broders (guitar, vocals), Rūdolfs Ozols (guitar), Alberts Levics (bass) and Kalvis Sležis (drums) – are studying music in the Netherlands. They are working on their next record that will be released early next year.

The new single is available on Spotify, iTunes, Deezer and other digital music platforms.

 

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24

Aug

New single and video ‘Just A Boy’ by ‘The Bad Tones’ out now

The up-and-coming Latvian psychedelic rock quartet “The Bad Tones” have released a new single called “Just A Boy” along with a music video. The clip is made using VHS recordings from their childhood.

Most of the used footage is more than 15 years old and filmed by their fathers – Dedzis Andrejs Broders, Juris Levics un Uldis Ozols. Editing has been done by Pēteris Vīksna.

On 26th of August “The Bad Tones” will perform in the city of Sigulda as a warm up act for “Carnival Youth”.

“The Bad Tones” was previously known as “The Pink Elepahnt” – their catalogue consists of two albums. Currently the members of the band – Edvards Broders (guitar, vocals), Rūdolfs Ozols (guitar), Alberts Levics (bass) and Kalvis Sležis (drums) – are studying music in the Netherlands. They are working on their next record that will be released early next year.

The new single is available on Spotify, iTunes, Deezer and other digital music platforms.

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17

Aug

The registration for the songwriting camp in Riga, September 6th -7th.

Music Export Latvia is   organising first song-writing camp in Latvia  from 6 - 7 September 2017.

Songwriters and producers from Latvia and neighboring countries are invited to join the camp. We’re looking for experienced producers, writers, writer-artists. 
Songwriting camps will go on for two days and they’ll be led by local and internationally known participants – producers, authors and performers. The attendees will be split in several groups, each consisting of three people – an author, a performer and a producer. At the end of each day there will be a special listening session with a group of representatives from record labels, radio DJs, several other producers and professionals of the music industry. There will be a possibility to register the new-made songs for “Supernova 2018” and Lithuanian “Eurovision 2018” contests.

The registration form for the songwriting camps:http://ej.uz/2yf5

“RIGaLIVE” is supported by “LaIPA”, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, “Live Riga”, “Zemgus Poligrāfijas Serviss”, “Rocket Bean Roastery”,"Majlietu Sala", "Tava Skaņa" and others.

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15

Aug

New platform for music & other creative industries ‘RIGaLIVE’

A new event combining workshops, lectures and concerts will take place in Riga on 6th and 7th of September. It will offer both education and entertainment – the conference part is set to attract the professionals of creative industries, but concerts by local and foreign artists will be opened for everyone.

The new event – a city festival of workshops, songwriting camps and live shows – is called “RIGaLIVE”. It’s organized by Latvian Music Development Association / Latvian Music Export Office.

“The purpose of the event is to stimulate the professional development of locals working with music or other creative industries. We’ll focus on networking, experience exchange and professionalism. This year in September the main theme is music, and the main attraction will be the songwriting camps,” says Agnese Cimuška, executive director of the Latvian Music Export Office.

Songwriting camps will go on for two days and they’ll be led by local and internationally known participants – producers, authors and performers. The attendees will be split in several groups, each consisting of three people – an author, a performer and a producer. At the end of each day there will be a special listening session with a group of representatives from record labels, radio DJs, several other producers and professionals of the music industry. There will be a possibility to register the new-made songs for “Supernova 2018” and Lithuanian “Eurovision 2018” contests.

The registration for the songwriting camps and more info about the event is available on Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/rigalivefestival/.

“RIGaLIVE” is supported by “LaIPA”, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, “Live Riga”, “Zemgus Poligrāfijas Serviss”, “Rocket Bean Roastery”,"Majlietu Sala", "Tava Skaņa" and others.

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July

4

Jul

Which Spēlmaņu nakts award is Mārcis Judzis nominated for?

Mārcis Judzis, the founder and songwriter of Ryga, has been nominated for his second prestigious Spēlmaņu nakts theatre award in the category Musical Score of the Year.

In 2014, Mārcis won the prize for his music in Oskars Koršunovs’ staging of Banishment at the Daile Theatre, but this year he is nominated for his music in Dž.Dž. Džilindžers’ production of Nick Cave’s book The Death of Bunny Munro at the Daile Theatre. Ryga, which has recently released its debut album Catch Her Groove including songs from both plays, participated in both of them.

In light of these happy news, the band has released a new video for the song starring actors Artūrs Skrastiņš and Ieva Segliņa from The Death of Bunny Munro. The video has been filmed and edited by the director Artis Dzērve. Keep an ear out for “Bunny Munro Waltz” on the new album Catch Her Groove, as well as in the play. Mārcis says: “I would like to say a big thank you to the Daile Theatre, the actors and Džilindžers for the honour to work on this play. I really appreciate it. Without this play there would be no song, nor this terrific short film, a special thanks for which goes to the theatre, actors and Artis Dzērve.”

Mārcis sets the scene for the song: “This is my first waltz. When I wrote this song, I was thinking of two worlds: the first one has an overwhelming amount of sex, drugs and rock & roll. It’s clear that it will all come to an abrupt end, and one will be flying, hopefully, towards the sky, because this kind of lifestyle can only have one outcome. It’s the highest concentration of egoism when nothing is an obstacle, because there are pleasures one cannot miss out on. Meanwhile, the other side is hysterically screaming: “Hey! I'm right here. I love you! Everything will be alright! I miss you! Love you … You tricked me again, Bunny!” These are the two worlds that are not meant to align.”

The album Catch Her Groove will soon be released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in cooperation with Gordeon Music and Rough Trade.

The album is available on:

iTUNES

Spotify

CD

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