FOLK MUSIC CENTRE (TAUTAS MUZIKAS CENTRS)
Dzirnavu iela 11/2, Riga LV-1010,
Date of creation: 1990.
Regions: Latvia. Methods/objectives: good qualitiy audio and video field recordings of the surviving vocal and instrumental music traditions; interviews, documentation. Notation of the recorded vocal and instrumental music. Edition of the audio and video tapes. Researchers: Maris Jansons (Collection and systematization of Latvian traditional music, Latvian musical instruments, surviving musical traditions); Sniedze Grinberga (Latvian traditional dance).
Musical instruments: an exposition of Latvian traditional instruments: originals and copies; the exposition serves as a catalogue for making new instruments. Audio and video archives: audio tapes (about 200 h) - field recordings of vocal and instrumental music, interviews with folk musicians, concerts of folklore ensembles. Regions: Latvia. Classification/documentation: complementary.
Publications prepared by the institution
Audio cassettes of Latvian traditional vocal and instrumental music, a documentary film about folk musicians.
Courses: courses and workshops of traditional instruments, their making and playing, for general school teachers and others. Short-term Latvian traditional dance courses.
Concerts/festivals: occasional concerts.