Concert of band "Sutaras", Riga,
16 March 2003
Such things does not happens frequently. The spring sun in colourful stained
glasses of the Small Guild hall and five musicians playing so good, that legs
begin to dance themselfs. We are so accustomed to the low, amateur level of
folklore performaces, that meeting with skilful musicians seems a miracle.
Lithuanian folk band Sutaras is fifteen years old, all participants
are professional musicians, i.e., have musical education and earn money
by music. All of them perfectly plays several instruments.
The program of the concert was various - from sutartins until romances.
Sounded psalteries, skuduchai, pipes, clarinet, tuba, squeeze-box, violin,
spoons and many other instruments. Between items different histories -
both ridiculous and serious - were told. The performers completely "owned" attention
of spectators for mostly one and half hour, not giving to be bored.
The Sunday's concert was final in bands' performances in Latvia. Two
previous days were sated enough to tire the musicians, but they and
their costumes were fresh as new, and leader's Anthony's Fok's muffler
looked like a flower. Sutarians plays by all the body - hands, legs, lips,
eyes, noses and beards, expressing zeal and pleasure of playing, they was not
afraid to have a look in spectators eyes, and was involved spectators in
their performance, doing it not obtrusive. Certainly, not all was ideal:
some false notes, "strike" of straw pipe - but it was not important. The
common impression was so good, that some roughnesses, transformed in
jokes, only added a simplicity and cheerfulness to the performance.
Article: Ieva Bērziņa, 17 March 2003
Photos: Ansis Ataols Bērziņš