A cappella vocal group Latvian Voices concert program “Rūtoj...” includes wide spectrum of musical genres and diversity of vocal techniques. The cultural heritage of Latvian folklore has inspired the vocal group to create harmonically colorful, rhythmically and melodically multilayered arrangements of folk songs, as well as original compositions with Latvian folk lyrics. Despite modern musical nuances the message of the folk songs remain unchanged. It is like a never-ending story that still pulses in every Latvian in various emotional flavors.
Alongside classical folk music in concert program “Rūtoj...” Latvian Voices take the listener on a musical journey around the world, performing compositions of English and Spanish Renaissance, German Baroque, Russian and Scandinavian Romanticism, Latvian 21. Century music, as well as arrangements of world popular music for 6 women voices a cappella.
Besides the magnificent musical repertoire Latvian Voices use choreography and the acoustics of the concert hall, that creates additional dynamics to the concert program.
The new vocal group Latvian Voices concert program "Beyond Borders" that will be presented to the listeners in the spring of year 2015 is a challange for all of us to try and overcome everyday ideas and nations about ourselves and the world around us, that we inevitably form in the course of time.
Many must have noticed the girls from Latvian Voices as the ambassadors of European Capital of Culture, Riga 2014, as well as the carriers of Latvian folk song tradition.
But with the coming of spring Latvian Voices wish to amerge in a new and unusual fashion and to accentuate their versatility and diversity by overcoming the borders set by nationalities, womanhood, harmony and other concepts.
Latvian folk song, that has always been the core of Latvian Voices concert program this time will be supplemented with innovative original compositions made by the group members, as well as with world music, thereby expanding and broadening the listeners' notion about the possibilities of a cappella music.
During the time before Christmas many of us hear our inner voices more clearly and tend to think about what is most valuable in our lives, thus unintentionally surrendering to light and serene longing. But maybe this little Christmas melancholia is just a necessary route towards once again meeting with joy and gladness? Isn't this the sadness that shows even more clearly what real happiness is? Theologian Juris Rubenis has said: "Happiness isn't wise. Sadness is!"
Latvian Voices came to this kind of reflection while preparing for the time of Advent which for the first time in groups' history the girls will spend giving concerts in Latvia.
Concert program Little Christmas Melancholia will allow the listeners to become acquainted with new songs written by the group members and also recognize traditional Christmas melodies that will intertwine with folk music and winter solstice traditions that are so close to the hearts of Latvian Voices.
Little Christmas Melancholia invites to a meeting of music, humans and souls.
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