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Iļģi will soon celebrate their 40th anniversary. Beginning as a folklore group based at a cultural centre in Riga in the early 1980s, the group members have devoted their time and energy to Latvian folk music. Their “post-folklore” style is full of love and energy and has no doubt inspired all of the other musicians whose music appears on this album. But Iļģi still have things to say, and audiences are still listening. In recent years, Iļģi have created music for a number of large-scale performances, including the Latvian Song and Dance Festival, where a whole football fi eld full of dancers has performed choreographed patterns to their music. “Wedding dance of Kunigunde and Dabrelis” is an instrumental piece in which the imagined characters of Kunigunde and Dabrelis celebrate.