Together, we’re stronger! On their sixth album, “Voices From The Ancestors”, wild Latvian folk pirates, Auli, have teamed up with guest musicians from all over the world. The group has been active since 2003 and, over the past few years, has forged contacts with musicians in various regions, especially vocally strong acts. Auli’s own most striking feature is their unusual line-up: With six bagpipes, three drum sets and one bass, the group creates an masterful and infectious mix of traditional and modern elements, rooted in the Latvian folk tradition, inspiring audiences wherever they go.
Both, the “Voices From The Ancestors“ album and the live show, revolve around the power and the beauty of male voices and folk traditions from different regions of the world. Auli and guests have wonderful surprises in store for audiences to discover: Latvian bagpipes and drum sounds sit happily alongside Sámi yoik, traditional overtone singing and powerful Austrian yodelling. Guests include Batzorig Vaanchig from Mongolia, Kai Somby from Norway, Albin Paulus from Austria, and Edgars Lipors from Latvia – because the album wouldn’t be complete without Latvian folk songs!
In preparation of their live show, Auli went to visit the home countries of their guests, where yoik, yodelling and overtone singing are still practiced. Listeners can follow this amazing journey on the new album, “Voices From The Ancestors”. And those who want to see the exchange between the musicians with their own eyes, can view the videos kindly provided by the band on their website – they accompany the four songs from four regions of the globe, topped off with interviews about the respective musical traditions. Their visit with Batzorig Vaanchig in Mongolia, where they lived and worked in yurts, is particularly
In their own home country, Auli have already made quite a splash: In 2020, the album “Voices From The Ancestors” earned them the prize for Best Folk and World Music Album at the Latvian Music Recording Awards. On stage, Auli and their guests delight audiences and critics alike: Earlier this year, they were awarded Latvia’s Grand Music Recording Award, “Golden Microphone”.
Year of Release: 2020