Folklore music group
Name: Laimas muzykanti
meaning: Laima's musicians (Laima is happiness goddess)
recommended transcription in English: Laimas muzykanti
approximate pronunciation in English: Laimas muzikanti
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Created: 15 October 1995
Location: Daugavpils, Latgalia
Leader: Artūrs Uškāns
Number of participants: 7, of them by age:
from 14 to 24 years: 2
from 25 to 44 years: 5
and by gender:
Forms of activity: sing, play music
various thin pulsatile instruments,
bass guitar, guitar.
Description: The folklore music group Laimas muzykanti was founded on
October 1995 as an accompanying ensemble of Daugavpils Pedagogical university
Students dance ensemble Laima.
Laimas muzykanti participated in X Latvian Songs festival in Toronto
(Canada, 1996), in festival of Latgalian television in 1997, in festival
Baltica-97. In 1999 the group gain first place between vocal-instrumental folklore
ensembles in International music festival
in Fivizzano, Italia.
Under the initiative of the musicians in DPU is created a
folk dancing pub,
in which play not only Laimas muzykanti, but also other Latvian folklore
Year 1999 Laimas muzykanti made records for folk dance compilation of
various artists Danco Dievis (God's Dancing). The same year the
group together with friends from other folk bands recorded Alus Dziesmas
(Beer Songs) - a CD characterizing Latvian beer drinking traditions. In
2001 this album gains the Latvian Music Awards prize as the best folk
music album of the year. In 2003 the first full album of the group - Gonam
gona (It is enough for a shepherd) - was released.
The group is characterized by two most styles of performance:
authentic folklore and ethno-folk-rock (in co-operation with some of Latvian
artrock music veterans). The thematical basis of our concert programs are
Latgalian match-making, wedding, obscene and beer songs.
Laimas muzykanti had performances in Latvia, Lithuania, Canada, Japan,
Australia, Hungary, Germany, Sweden, etc.
Tuoli dzeivoj muna mīluo (My darling lives far away) (2003)
Full song in MP3 format (751 Kb)
Dzīsme (Song) (1997)
Full song in MP3 format (761 Kb)
Artūrs Uškāns, Saules 36-15, Daugavpils, LV-5400, Latvija
Arturs Uskans, Saules 36-15, Daugavpils, LV-5400, Latvia
Phone: (+371) 54-07226 (o.), 54-22594 (h.), 9701775 (c.)
Home page: http://laimas-muzykanti.lv/
Date of presenting the information: 4 August 1998, 24 September 1999, 8 February 2000, 21 January 2004, 7 January 2005