Music
Latvian singer, musician Alex dies
Latvian rock band's Opus Pro musician and lead vocalist Alex (Oļegs Andrejevs) has passed away, the musician's family announced December 27.
Rīga Castle insists it does not want a new piano just yet
The Latvian Presidential Chancellery insisted November 15 that earlier plans for the purchase of a brand new piano for Rīga Castle have been fully withdrawn and taxpayers will not be footing the bill for the instrument in the 2022 budget.
The future return of Rīga's 'Wagner Theater'
Richard Wagner was once chief conductor of the German City Theater in Rīga and holds an indelible role in the rich musical history of Latvia. This long seemed forgotten in the Baltic capital but now Rīga is reclaiming its place as a 'Wagner city'.
Latvians like to pop on some pop, survey shows
In Latvia, more than 90% of the people surveyed listen to music every day and the favorite genre is pop, according to a survey conducted by the Latvian Association of Artists and Producers (LaIPA) and sociological research agency “Kantar”.
Monthly jazz concert series launches online
A new “LV Jazz Series 2021” project has been launched, which will offer monthly concerts by Latvian jazz performers in online format, organizers said July 23.
Police interrupt concert with Covid certificate checks
Cultural events are gradually resuming. The new safety rules bring new challenges to the organizers and spectators of events, but sometimes they also create unpleasant surprises that overshadow the whole process, Latvian Radio reported July 6.
'Rīgas Ritmi' to jazz up Rīga next week
Music festival Rīgas Ritmi (Riga Rhythms), featuring improvisation, jazz, and world music, will be happening in Latvia again from June 30 to July 3, organizers announced.
Digital song and dance festival idea evokes contrasting public attitudes
On May 13, the XII Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Celebration Action Committee presented a “safe festival scenario”, based mostly on the digital environment. However, thoughts in the public space and among authorities differ as to whether this solution is satisfactory, Latvian Radio reported May 18.
Mick Jagger rocks Latvian-made mic in new song
Legendary rockstars Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones) and Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) have recorded a new single Easy Sleazy. The video shows Jagger singing into a Latvian company JZ MICROPHONES produced mic, Latvian Television reported April 15.
National Guard blasts Valmiera in lightning operation
The talented musicians of the Latvian National Guard have brought smiles to the faces of people in the northern city of Valmiera with an impromptu "lightning action" that saw them swoop on various locations.
Three Musical Events for the Weekend
This weekend, with rain and mist looming outside, take advantage of the many concerts offered live from different concert halls and stages in Latvia!
Happy birthday, Maestro!
January 12 marks the 85th birthday of arguably Latvia's greatest-ever musical figure, composer and performer Raimonds Pauls.

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