The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
On 7 August at 7 p.m. in the Chamber Music Hall of the “GREAT AMBER” Concert Hall LIEPĀJA SUMMER festival invites to a special concert programme prepared by “Willow Farm” band in celebration of its anniversary featuring music that has already been recorded as well as new unheard compositions.
“Willow Farm” is a group of musicians from Liepāja celebrating its 25th anniversary since its foundation marking the date with a release of a new studio album, the fourth in their discography, in autumn. “The concert will offer an insight in the new music material,” promises Emīls Dreiblats, the leader of the band and song-writer.
“It will be a two-part concert. The first part will be quiet and acoustic, whereas the second one will be in the traditions of a rock concert,” says Emīls, “We will perform the songs from the new album as well as the compositions from previous years.”
For this concert the band musicians Emīls Dreiblats (vocal, guitar, keyboard, electronic keyboard), Jānis Dreiblats (guitar), Uldis Nolmanis (bass) and Māris Zīlmanis (percussion) will be joined by pianist Normunds Kalniņš ‒ previously a permanent member of the band.
“Willow Farm” had their first concert in the winter of 1994; musicians playing with Emīls Dreblats have been changing, leaving and coming back, nevertheless “Willow Farm” is maintaining its repertoire combining the traditions of different alternative music.
The band’s album “Filma ar laimīgām beigām” released in 2014 received the Latvian Music Award “The Golden Microphone” as the best pop/rock album. The band has had a long-lasting successful collaboration with Ingus Bērziņš whose lyrics are used also by Dons, BrainStorm, Jumprava and other Latvian musicians. Their recent album “Pasaule ir viss, kas gadās” dedicated to the 25th anniversary will be released in autumn.
“Willow Farm” plays music that is well characterised by Emīls Dreiblats in book “…saknes jau vējš neizplēš” (“... the wind does not destroy the roots") about Liepāja musicians published in 2015: “We have never tried to define the style of our music. We play what we feel, we play the way we feel, we play for those who feel. [...] it is the emotions above all that matter that we release through the music and lyrics to the world. We have experienced them and can tell how we have been when going through the process.”
Music Festival "Liepāja Summer", annualy organised by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, is the spiritual heir and continuation of the legendary summer symphony music cycle LIEPĀJA SUMMER, in 1783 iniciated by Peter von Biron, the Duke of Kurland. Many decades residents of Liepāja city and their families have been able to enjoy the symphony music concerts on the open air stage in the seaside park. In the last few years the festival was participated by such artists as Giora Feidman, Gidon Kremer and „Kremerata Baltica”, Avi Avital, Tokiko Kato, Maija Kovaļevska and others.