meaning: millers (on a water mill)
recommended transcription in English: Patmalnieki
approximate pronunciation in English: Patmalnieki
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Leader: Aivars Zariņš
Number of participants: 4, of them by age:
from 14 to 24 years: 1
from 25 to 44 years: 3
and by gender:
Forms of activity: sing, play music, dance, play roundelays
Description: The group has 4 participants; all sing, dance and play.
We work at the Riga Latvian society already more than 6 years, from the very
day of returning of the house to the society. Regularly we participate in town
actions, and also in folklore festivals Baltica and Pulkā eimu, pulkā
teku. We have participated in the Fribourg festival (Switzerland) and played
on the Baltic Arts festival in London (England).
We perform Latvian folk songs, dances and instrumental music. In our
repertoir there are calendar, household, mithological, labour songs from
various regions of Latvia.
We act in costumes of different areas of Latvia whence we come. In
the essence we are an urban ensemble, and, as against the country-side
ensembles, we should be more open to external influences and not to adhere
to ethnographic traditions so strongly.
Our name we found 2 years later, at the beginning we were identified
simply as the group of RLS. Once, travelling on Latgalia, we were marching
by a road and spoke that is was necessary to think up a name. Suddenly on
curb we saw a tablet with the name of a farm: "Patmalnieki". We liked it
- and took it as our own.
Meaning of this word is - millers. We "grind" our ancient traditions and put
them to the use of the modern society.
Aivars Zariņš, Saules 40-11, Madona, LV-4801, Latvija
Aivars Zarins, Saules 40-11, Madona, LV-4801, Latvia
Phone: (+371) 48-22482
Date of presenting the information: 27 August 1998