was founded in 1983
by two brothers Janis Smilskalns and Martins Smilskalns (the violin +
alto), incorporating into it a group of students from the Latvian
Academy of Musical Education.
the 90ies, the band toured, giving concerts, through all Latvia. Their
first rehearsal place was based at the House of Art People, later it was
at the Kekava Town Culture Club, and now it is Riga Latvian Society
went on their first tour abroad in the former state of Yugoslavia,
giving concerts in Horvatia, Bosnia and Serbia. It was followed by a
tour in Bulgaria in 1988 and a tour in Finland in 1989, together with
Egils Silins (Bass) who, at that time, launched his career and who now
is a soloist with Vienna Opera House and a multiple laureate of
international music competitions as well as a frequent guest-artist at
the world’s top opera houses.
have given several concerts in St Petersburg (Russia), Sweden,
Switzerland and Germany.
have made several recordings with the national television of Latvia,
including TV musical release "Optimistic Retro" in 1986.
the group’s activities are being managed by Janis Smilskalns (April
10, 1960). He has graduated from the Latvian Academy of Musical
Education, Prof. B. Tiltins’ Alto Class, and, since 1981, he has been
working with the symphony orchestra of Latvian National Opera. As a
student, he participated in one of the honourous musical competitions of
the former USSR and has been a successful participant of musical
competitions in Latvia.
group plays 3 violins, the alto, cello, contrabass, piano, flute and
clarinet. In few cases, a programme of dance music is accompanied by the
the beginning of the band’s career, they often collaborated with the
internationally acknowledged ball-room dance partners (A.Bremane and A.Dekmeijers).
The band has worked together with well-known Latvian singers and opera soloists, such as Aivars Krancmanis, Valda Dzene, Indra Jenca, Ugis Roze, Ingus Petersons, Dace Volfarte, Ieva Kepe, Karmena Radovska.
The concert posters for the band have been created by artists Aija Zarina, Artis Rutks, Dace Liela.