Saucējas is a traditional singing group presenting Latvian songs from ancient times. The group’s full and powerful singing often features intricate and dissonant intervals, enthralling contemporary listeners with a vibrant and inspired performance.
About the group Saucējas, the traditional singing group of the Latvian Academy of Culture, was established in 2003 in Riga. Its members focus on traditional Latvian singing styles and techniques, with particular attention to those local traditions involving multipart singing. Their repertoire includes various types of archaic polyphony, such as drone singing, as well as a variety of later forms of multipart singing including songs linked with seasonal festivals, family celebrations, daily life and various types of work.
In developing their repertoire, the singers rely on archived audio recordings of traditional singing as well as direct contact with traditional singers during fieldwork. The group also learns about the functional context of the music, the individual experience of particular singers and local dialects.
In Nature is Saucējas fifth album. The previous albums have focused on the singing traditions of different regions in Latvia.
About the project “Singing in Nature’s Acoustic Environment” The finest examples of traditional Latvian vocal music were developed and long practised outdoors, in a natural acoustic environment, with the singers making use of various elements in their surroundings to enhance the sound. We can thus assume that nature played a significant role in and influenced the form, stylistics, manner of singing and other elements of this musical tradition.
GENRE: Folk/A Capella/Latvia