On concert in honour of 70'th anniversary of Preili city, 6 June 1998
meaning: mummers, maskers, merrymakers
recommended transcription in English: preili
approximate pronunciation in English: preili
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Created: 8 February 1995
Location: Preili, Latgalia
Leader: Jānis Teilāns
Number of participants: 21, of them by age:
younger than 14 years: 5
from 14 to 24 years: 6
from 25 to 44 years: 9
from 45 to 64 years: 1
and by gender:
Forms of activity: sing, play music, dance, play roundelays
various pulsatile instruments:
Description: Folklore ensemble preiļi was formed on 8 February
1995 in Preili culture house.
The name of ensemble coincides with the name of our city, but we write it
with a small letter, as we want to emphasize its importance in a counterbalance
to the toponym.
The first "christening by fire" of the ensemble was held in March 1995, when
Preili was visited by Māris Gailis, President of the Cabinet of Ministers.
Rehearsals of the ensemble were carried out in Preili culture house before
its ceiling had caved in. Then the ensemble wandered to miscellaneous places,
but in spite of it the rehearsals have continued.
The ensemble participates in town actions on a regular basis, has participated
in the Baltica folklore festivals, in the Songs and dances festival in
Repertoir of the ensemble basically contains songs from Preili vicinities,
singing about sun, earth, bread, also wedding and mummers' songs. Participants
of the ensemble sing songs, play instruments, dance, but most of all they
like to play roundelays.
On Songs hill, Sigulda, 1996
Sound sample: Pārkiuņs vede vedekleņu (Thunderer drive daughter-in-law) (1998)
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Jānis Teilāns, Rancāna 3-13, Preiļi, LV-5300, Latvija
Janis Teilans, Rancana 3-13, Preili, LV-5300, Latvia
Phone: (+371) 53-22072
Date of presenting the information: 25 August 1998