Winter solstice's concert "Christmas - a sacred day",
Riga, 13 December 2003
Grey and cold day of December 13 was brightened up by pre-christmas sensations
to those who came to listen winter's solstice's concert in the music hall
Ave Sol. Their feel of the Christmas time showed folklore
and Zvīgzna. The concert consisted of two parts: in first - songs and
roundelays, in second - a joint dancing. Between them - break with
refreshments. The organizers have surprised with a concept of the concert -
all three ensembles were on the stage simultaneously and performed alternately.
It maked sensation of an undivided performance and a joint fest.
Instead of introductory words Ieva Bērziņa has told a legend about the Sun
and the Moon.
Other groups joins in Baļķi singing
The first song sang a group from Liepaja Baļķi. The ensemble sings
sonorously, and members feel each other, in spite of the fact that they stood
in a line.
However, at some songs was present a strange pointment, and the manner of
articulation of sibiliants was a little bit overdid, bordered with a lisping.
The additional voices of Baļķi songs are not created according to
the folklore tradition, though at the same time are not very innovative too.
The singing was vigorous, but the decisions of dynamics and rhythmics seemed to
be too stereotyped.
In contrast to other ensembles Baļķi were stood out by a better understanding
of rules of a stage; their faces were sprightly not only during singing, but
during the time of hearing to others too.
The stuff of folklore ensemble Ilža from Cybla has essentially increased,
together with female voices now sounds lads' voices too. The ensemble skilfully
accompanies songs on accordion, violin, blockflute and timbrel. Ilža is
one of most powerful folklore collectives in Latgalia, that reflects in the
sure manner of performance.
Unfortunately, the ensemble was unsuccessfully placed at the concert, therefore
the voices sounded not to the spectators, but to a side.
To start to sing together, it is necessary to establish an initial tone. But
how to do it, not focusing attention of listeners?
Zvīgzna shows a roundelay
The third group was Zvīgzna from Riga. The first one song the ensemble
has performed warmly and expressively. During following songs became
appreciable, that participants of the group, except the leader, are very
strained and even frightened. It looks, that Zvīgzna too has many new
singers, therefore the scenic experience looks too small. When during roundelays
the participants have forgotten, that they are on a stage, the straim has
If quiet, slow songs Zvīgzna sings heartfeltly, the faster and more
cheerful songs do not mention neither listeners nor singers, and are performed
in a manner that is closer to a choral one, than to a traditional one.
And besides, dear leaders of all ensembles, let's agree to not "oversing"
our participants, because it looks like, that we do not trust them!
In the second part of the evening were dancings.
Musicians played and dancers danced with a true zeal.
Musicians and dancers
Do you remember, what happened at the very evening of December 13? Yes, it
has snowed, even was a blizzard. I think, that it was a merit of Baļķi,
Ilža and Zvīgzna too.
Article: Ruta Stepiņa, 19 December 2003
Photos: Ansis Ataols Bērziņš, Artūrs Medenis