Latvian Folk Innovators Ilgi to Perform at Rainforest World Music Festival 2011 in Borneo

Ilgi - Photo by A Pozarskis
The most famous world music band from Latvia, Iļģi will be performing at the Rainforest World Music Festival which will take place on the 8 to 10 July 2011. They will on stage on Saturday, 9 July or you can join them in one of their workshop sessions.

Iļģi has been performing for more than 30 years, with concert tours to Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Great Britain, Switzerland, Australia, USA, France, and China. They initially traveled throughout Latvia collecting and performing authentic Latvian folk music, but over the years their creative spirits made them search for new means of musical expression. The result was a fresh form of folk music that won new listeners and helped to make authentic folk music more popular among the younger generation.

A lot of Iļģi music is aimed for children and teenagers. Ilga Reizniece, the group member who has been there from the very beginning of the group has also been a music and folk-lore teacher for many years. She has delivered countless courses and lectures on Latvian folk-lore for children and grown-ups alike as well as taken part as a tutor in widely known retreats, like 3X3, in Latvia and abroad. The group loves to perform at schools.

While employing modern musical themes and instruments in their records Iļģi also has incorporated the influences of ethnic music from other countries, which has resulted in a distinctive style that has won them awards and acclaim worldwide.

From 1989 Ilgi have taken part in numerous music festivals in neighboring Estonia and Lithuania as well as in Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Great Britain, Switzerland, Australia, USA, France, China, and gained both the sympathies of the listeners, and raving reviews from the press. Their best achievement was when Ne uz vienu dienu was voted the 2nd best European world music recording by the experts of World Music Charts Europe (WMCE) and it has not been surpassed or equaled by any other group working in similar genre from Latvia.

Ilgi will join an impressive lineup from across the globe at the Rainforest World Music Festival. Daily tickets priced at RM110 for adults and RM55 for children aged 3 to 12 are now available on line at A 3-day pass for adults costing RM300 and RM150 for children aged 3 to 12 are also available.

Recordings available:

For purchase, booking, enquiries call TicketCharge Hotline: +6 03-9222 8811 or at TicketCharge @ No 42A-1, Jalan Metro Pudu, Fraser Business Park, Off Jalan Yew, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Limited promotional tickets are also now available online at and are on sale until April 30, 2011. These offers are on first-come-first-serve basis and will be a great opportunity for those planning for this not to miss event in Kuching.

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Author: World Music Central News Department

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