Raimonds Tiguls: „Let the energy flow!”

Raimonds Tiguls: „Let the energy flow!”
Kaspars Garda, Rīga 2014 . Raimonds Tiguls
Una Griškeviča
07-06-2013 A+ A-
„I have not made that up! Tiguļkalns(Tiguļi hill) really exists. If somebody does not believe me, it can easily be checked at Google,” laughs composer Raimonds Tiguls when telling about the upcoming concert „Ārpasaules mūzika Tiguļkalnā” („The Outer World Music at Tiguļkalns”). The concert will be held on 8 June, in Talsi, says Tiguls, also the initiator of the concert while meeting with portal „Rīga 2014”. This is going to be a musical summer for Tiguls. Projects come one by one. He will participate in Saulkrasti concert organised by Riga Festival. In 2 July, Tiguls will take over the concert „Raksti” („Traceries”) representing folk music of the National Song and Dance Festival.

Energy of a sanctuary at a grandfather’ s hill

How did Tiguls get his own hill? „It’s not a secret there are nine hills where Talsi locates. One of those is Tiguļkalns named after my great-grandfather when he lived there. So that was how the name of hill stayed.” Tiguļkalns is the highest place in the city where nineteen oaks are planted in the circle. „Then a stage was built in the middle of this circle, so listeners could sit and enjoy the music,” resumes Tiguls who does not deny what he has heard: this used to be a sanctuary or some kind of a cult place.

„You feel such an energy while playing in there. It’s really something!”

When Icelandic musicians visited Latvia last year, they wished to see Tiguļkalns befor their performance. Still, Tiguls warned them that it was not really a mountain when comparing with Icelandic nature. It might rather be a hill, Tiguls then told. „Still, a composer Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson who is a folklorist climbed up the hill and was sure: this used to be a sanctuary. He also have worked with Ināra Kolmane, a director of „Mona”, while creating a music score for this movie,” told Tiguls.


List of musicians remains open

The concert of this year will be pointed at the direction of the Black sea region impressions while the last year was mostly dedicated to the north. „I invited Georgian musicians – a male vocal quartet  „St. Panteleimon Chanters”. Also choir „Kamēr...” will perform a compostion by Kancheli as well as „Xylem Trio” – Rihards Zaļupe, Oskars Petrauskis and Raimonds Petrauskis. They recorded an album couple of years ago using Kancheli themes. Also Riga Saxophone Quartet will take part. We have collaborated for years. Laima Jansone has agreed to play lute, meantime, I will perform together with Kristīne Kārkle-Puriņa and Artis Oruba,” tells Tiguls hoping they could later play together with the Georgian quartet. List of musicians is quite long this time. Last year, there were even  too many artists, he thought. „But it turns out that lots of artists are performing this year, as well,” smiles Tiguls.


By the way, Tiguls will play his music instrument hang, that is produced in Switzerland. He says that hang looks like some kind of UFO (unidentified flying object). Still, it has a very unique sound that somehow purifies all thoughts. „Hang will be a symbol of the concert. When I got this instrument, I went to Tiguļkalns, sat in the middle of the oak circle and played it.

The meditative sound of hang most likely was the impulse to organise concerts at Tiguļkalns.


Hang fits with lute very well, with those old Gregorian songs. So I think we will play together in that Saturday evening.”

Male quartet discovered at women’ s monastery

Tiguls has a very special story of how they met with Georgian quartet. „The concert is organised by the Foundation of World Music and Art which I created together with Gunta Sloga, a journalist and Nora Ikstena who is a writer married to Levan Beridze, Georgian writer. Nora have invited me to Georgia for several times. I visited Gorgia in 1988 while still learning at school. I went there in 2012 and this year when I met other musicians. We went on a trip to Vardzia. It’s a town created thousands of years ago in rocks where nowadays only four monks are living. They advised us to go to the nearby female monastery.” 

While visiting the monastery, Tiguls received an album from a nun. He then listened the record in his car and thought this music would fit perfectly well at Tiguļkalns. „I would not want to organise this concert as a simply casual event with the audience and musicians. Most likely it should be a spiritual meditation and energy flow between those sitting in the circle.”


Folk music is not for museums

The next big thing for Tiguls is „Raksti”, an event included into the National Song and Dance Festival programme. „The idea of the concert is to experience one day in human’ s life –  from morning to evening. I created a cycle „Rīta un vakara dziesmas”(Morning and evening songs). It was a very special music for me that I kept in my collection,” says musician.

Ivars Hertmanis, a musician, linguist and instruments craftsman will open the morning part playing a selfmade hurdy-gurdy, that is, in fact, unduly forgotten instrument. Every part of the concert will have its own hostess who will introduce listeners to events and performances.

„Lute player Laima Jansone will host the morning part. For the day part it will be Līga Reitere, a folklorist from Ventspils, quite a colorful person. Ilga Reizniece will invite everyone to folk dances. As for a proper dancing event, a singalong will go on, too!”

Both pure Latvian folk music and folksongs arrangements will be performed. „I want to show that folk music is really attractive and not supposed to lay at museums. I am quite sure that Ivars Jansons, Laima Jansone and „Auļi” will show how a great development of folksong can be achieved. All this goes on and on by living its own way.”


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