We are a professional a cappella group from Latvia, the land that sings. Our musical journey began in 2009, and for the first 11 years, we performed as a female a cappella group. In 2020 the wonderful bass Jānis Strazdiņš joined the group, turning us into a mixed a cappella ensemble. The music we perform brings together our cultural heritage — Latvian folksongs — and the world-famous Latvian choral sound, which we respectfully mix together with the influence of contemporary a cappella and world music. We all like to compose and arrange music for our voices, but the group’s leader Laura Jēkabsone has written most of our repertoire. Since 2009, we have performed in more than 35 countries worldwide with many programs, both acoustic and amplified. We have released nine studio albums.
Sounds of Latvian Nature, our exceptional music album, is an earbook which won the Annual Latvian Recording award in 2014. Besides concerts, we love to share our experience in a cappella workshops, which is why we founded our own annual festival, the Latvian Voices A Cappella Festival in Valmiera.
• vokal.total.2011 Graz, Austria (Ward Swingle Award and Audience Favorite Award)
• A cappella 2012 Leipzig, Germany (prizewinners)
• World Choir Games Cincinnati 2012 USA (Champions)
• 44th Tolosa Choral Contest 2012 Basque Country, Spain (2nd place in folk music and 3rd place in polyphonic music)
• Zelta Mikrofons 2014 Latvia (best vocal and choral music album for the earbook Sounds of Latvian Nature)
• Tampereen Sävel Tampere Vocal Music Festival, Finland (2nd place)
The King’s Singers, The Swingles (UK), Viva Voce and Rolf Zuckowski (Germany), Katarina Henryson (Sweden), Morten Vinther (Denmark), Andrew Kesler (Canada), Estonian Voices (Estonia) and many more.
Collaborations in Latvia
Ēriks Ešenvalds, Rihards Zaļupe, Laima Jansone, Normunds Šnē, DaGamba, Dainis Tenis, Kaspars Zemītis, Renārs Kaupers, Intars Busulis, Xylem Trio, DJ Rudd and many more
Waving World Wide (2010); 7th Heaven (2010); Tā Kā Taka (2011); Sounds of Latvian Nature (2014); Zeit der Wunder (2014); Pāri robežām (2015); Mazie skumjie ziemas svētki (2016); Sounds of Latvian Nature 2nd edition (2017); Sudrabs (2018)
Singles and EPs
Ziema (2017); In Time of Silver Rain (2018); Silent Night (2018); EP Live from Riga (2018); Melanholiskais valsis (2019); Cauri vasarām (2020); Latvietes mīts (2020); Vaivari vai nevari (2021); Buramdziesmiņa (2021)