The duet „Viņš un Viņa” tells a beautiful French-latvian love story.
They met in Slovenia, world saxophone congress and since that day playing music together, and their love story takes them all over the Europe – to Latvia, France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Luxembourg...
The duet invites you to embark on a trip and listen to the most beautiful french melodies that were once performed by Montand, Piaf, Brassens, Trenet, Aznavour, Gainsbourg, Becaud, Brel and many others.
Viņš – Fred Hormain (guitar, voice, saxophone and electronics)
Viņa – Ilze Lejiņa (saxophone, violin, birbyne, kokle and voice)
VIŅŠ un VIŅA [elle et lui]
The Riga Saxophone Quartet (RSQ) made its promising debut in 1992, marking the beginning of a new era for academic saxophone music in Latvia. The debut coincided with the beginnings of saxophone performance tuition at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (1991). Back then the ensemble consisted of different musicians; the current members have been together since the year 2013. The only remaining original member is the quartet’s founder – Artis Simanis.
During almost twenty years of existence the quartet has performed in Europe, Canada, China, USA, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Macedonia and Kosovo. It has participated in such internationally acclaimed music festivals as Probaltica (Poland), Jazz Kaar (Estonia), Rainbow Jazz (Estonia), Upbeat (Norway and Sweden), the Baltic Cultural Festival (Finland), Étonnante Lettonie (France) and the World Saxophone Congress (in Montreal, Ljubljana and St. Andrews).
In 1999 for its active concert life and performances of high artistic quality the Riga Saxophone Quartet received the Latvian Great Music Award – the highest form of recognition in Latvian music.
Riga Saxophone Quartet
Two woman, talented and free, playing the most beautiful pieces from the east repertory.
This is the beauty of this duo composed by Julia Belova (piano/Russia) and Ilze Lejina (saxophone/Latvia).
"Pas de Deux" sax & piano
The Luxembourg Latvian folklore group Dzērves met for the first time in March 2007. About 400 Latvians work at the EU institutions in Luxembourg. Among them, there are many Latvian parents whose children were born in Luxembourg or started school there – in a different culture and language. They started weekend meetings to help children discover their national heritage.
The folklore group Grodi helped lay a strong foundation for the Dzērves in June 2007. We learned about summer solstice traditions and some of us experienced the best ever midsummer night that year. It became clear that everybody – parents and children alike – wanted to sing. Since then we have learned much more about traditional culture from Iļģi, Budēļi, Laiva, Kokle, Vilki, the Dance Club and others who generously shared their experience, knowledge, songs and dances with us.
We perform songs from all the regions of Latvia, celebrate traditional festivals and dance Latvian dances. We also play the violin, the traditional Latvian kokle, the accordion, the drums, the zither and the pipe. The most important thing, however, is that we keep the Latvian culture alive abroad so that our roots are not lost.