National Guard Orchestra provides a jazzy Midsummer sound

The musicians of the National Guard Orchestra have prepared a video dedicated to the classic Midsummer song "Jauni puiši, jaunas meitas" ("Young boys, young girls").

“With this Latvian folk song, we want to invite everyone to celebrate Latvian Midsummer. Although the arrangement is made in a non-traditional style, this is one of the examples of how each of our traditions can be viable in a modern environment, if we treat it with the utmost respect,” said Andis Karelis, Chief Conductor of the National Armed Forces and Chief of the National Guard Orchestra.

The video version of the song was filmed at Katrīnmuiža and features musicians of the National Guard Orchestra Luīze Krasta (vocals), Matīss Žilinskis (keyboards), Jānis Igaunis (guitar), Roberts Brants (bass guitar) and Valters Gotlaufs (percussion).

The National Guard Orchestra was founded on November 1, 2011. It is a separate unit of the National Guard, which includes a brass band, big bands, a choir and various chamber ensembles.

On August 23 of this year, the National Guard celebrates its 30th anniversary and a special event to mark the occasion is planned for August 21 in Jelgava, if the epidemiological safety situation allows it.

Meanwhile, enjoy this delightful new arrangement by Matīss Žilinskis.

 

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