The Pagan Yearbook is a song cycle reflecting the constantly changing seasons as observed in the countryside, at places seldom visited these days – by rivers that run day and night, by a sea that surges in a life of its own, wildflower meadows that are habitats for birds, and forests that are sanctuaries to wild animals.
The folk-song cycle “The Pagan Yearbook” by the composer Uģis Prauliņš was written and recorded already in 1998, but it was rearranged for life performance of male choir, soloists and instrumental group only in Spring 2015. Since then it has had several stagings in Latvia as well as in Melbourne, Australia.
The Pagan Yearbook is a catching blend of traditional songs and their reflection nowadays, a united and exciting suite. It consists of five parts – Thaw, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter featuring traditional songs about these seasons.
Especially for the Ethnofestival SVIESTS 2019 performance of the Pagan Yearbook the contemporary video artist Katrīna Neiburga is creating video art that will be seen at this uniquely performance.
The Pagan Yearbook
Composer Uģis Prauliņš
RTU male choir GAUDEAMUS and
The Pagan Yearbook ethno-rock group:
Uģis Prauliņš – keyboards, flutes;
Andris Sējāns – keyboards, flutes;
Reinis Sējāns – percussion;
Latvīte Cirse – kokles;
Māris Muktupāvels – bagpipes, kokles, flutes;
Leons Sējāns – electric guitar;
Ilze Grunte – acoustic guitar;
Andris Grunte – base;
Ivars Cinkuss – percussion, flute, voice