Riga, July 2000
recommended transcription in English: Grodi
approximate pronunciation in English: Gruodi
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Leaders: Aīda Rancāne, Andris Kapusts
Number of participants: 8, of them by age:
younger than 14 years: 2
from 25 to 44 years: 5
older than 64 years: 1
and by gender:
Forms of activity: sing, play music, dance, play roundelays
Description: Folklore ensemble Grodi is created in 1987
in Riga. In the basis of its activity is a cognition, development and
popularisation of folk traditions. The participants of ensemble collect
materials on folklore expeditions from narrators, collaborate with
ethnomusicologists, archaeologists, anthropologists, astronomists, have made
reconstruction of Latgalian costumes of XII century.
Grodi celebrate folk fests: meet the sun on Easter, roll fiery
wheel in John's night, burn yule log on Christmas, treat ghosts, toboggan on
In repertoir of ensemble are songs of calendar and family rites, mythological,
orphans, soldiers, labour, household and other songs, games and dances from
different parts of Latvia. Especial attention is gived to repertoir from
Latgalia, where are from the majority of the participants.
Vocal songs ensemble usually sing in authentic manner, but in instrumental
music also more modern arrangements are made.
Ensemble regularly participates in concerts, measures and festivals in
Latvia, and also was preformed in other countries: Lithuania, Estonia, Poland,
Russia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Denmark, Finland, France, Portugal, Japan, Belgium.
Andris Kapusts, Brīvības 108-57, Rīga, LV-1001, Latvija
Andris Kapusts, Brivibas 108-57, Riga, LV-1001, Latvia
Phone: (+371) 6063277, 9289182
Date of presenting the information: 6 September 2001, 7 February 2006