Riga, 30 December 2000
Name: Maskačkas spēlmaņi
meaning: Maskachka's musicians
recommended transcription in English: Maskackas spelmani
approximate pronunciation in English: Maskachkas speelmangi
Listen pronunciation in AU format (36 Kb)
Created: 14 September 1995
Leader: Ansis Ataols Bērziņš
Number of participants: 6, of them by age:
from 14 to 24 years: 3
from 24 to 44 years: 3
and by gender:
Forms of activity: sing, play music, dance
Description: Maskachka is a part of Riga, just to the East side from the Central
bazaar, on the bank of the biggest river of Latvia - Daugava. It is a place of our meetings,
that's why we call ourselves Maskackas spelmani - Maskachka's musicians.
We play and sing together from September 1995.
In our repertoire, there are original songs from different parts of
Latvia, accompanied by various instruments (psaltery, harmonica, bag-pipe,
violin, drums and others), and, of course, dances.
Generally we play in ethnographical manner, we try to play like country
musicians of Latvia have been playing more than hundred years ago.
We have taken part in many concerts in Latvia and also international
folklore festivals Pulkā eimu, pulkā teku (Riga, Latvia, 1996), Skamba,
skamba kankliai (Vilnius, Lithuania, 1996), Baltica (Riga, Latvia, 1997),
Ēāiķ’öü öūģįąėū i ćąšģīķiź
(Pastavy, Belorussia, 1998), Jalkala (Leningrad distr., Russia, 1998),
Myjava folklore festival (Myjava, Slovakia, 2000), Baltica (Riga, Latvia,
2000), Griežyne (Vilnius, Lithuania, 2000), Contemporary folk music festival
(Riga, Latvia, 2000), Festival of Baltic folklore (Panevežys, Lithuania, 2000).
Festival Baltica concert on Tanisa hill in Rauna, 8 Jule 2000
Sound sample: Trīs putan dižan dzied (Three birds sings famuosly) (2000)
One couplet in AU format (540 Kb)
Full song in MP3 format (429 Kb)
Ansis Ataols Bērziņš, Maskavas 54, Rīga, LV-1003, Latvija
Ansis Ataols Berzins, Maskavas 54, Riga, LV-1003, Latvia
Phone: (+371) 7210428
Facsimile/answer machine: (+371) 7210128
Home page: http://maskacka.folklora.lt/
Date of presenting the information: 20 March 1999, 2 January 2001