photo by Viesturs Petersons

photo by Viesturs Petersons
(c:) 2013 by Dr. V. Petersons, Los Angeles

3.1.16

Cantate Domino (2015)

Cantate Domino 
(2015)

Commissioned by Hans-Joachim Lustig & I Vocalisti (Hamburg, Germany)
for the album Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied/Cantate Domino with settings from the 20./21. Century only
Anna-Maria Hefele (overtone singer, soprano), I Vocalisti 
Hans-Joachim Lustig, conductor

Recording Feb & Sept 2016

Anna-Maria Hefele

Hans-Joachim Lustig


Cantate Domino,
cantate canticum novum:
et benedicite nomini eius,
quia mirabilia fecit.

Cantate Domino,
et psallite cithara voce psalmi.

*Clementine Vulgate (Psalm 97). Psalmus ipsi David.*



28.11.15

Upcoming events - 2016 - jaunumi


Upcoming events 2016 jaunumi

Catullus' Latvian Homecoming: A New Setting of Poem 46 by Ugis Praulins
Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm The John Burroughs School, Conference Rm 2 of the Cissel Center,
 755 S. Price Rd.Saint Louis, MO 63124The Classical Club of St Louis presents a discussion of Catullus' work by Philip Barnes of the Classical Department of the John Burroughs School.
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23 Jan 2016 @12:00 & 18:00
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, ballet, Prauliņš
Latvian National Opera, Riga
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'Piegulnieku meitas dzied'
February, 2016. Birmingham Conservatoire, UK. Nicola Starkie, conductor
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13. feb. folkklubs 'Ala': Trio Prauliņš/Grunte/Orubs
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"To the Light"
SONUX, Stefan Kuchel (sax), Hans Joachim Lustig (conductor) in the festival: 25th to 28th of February, 2016, Berlin
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„Sit bungas. Brīvība“
8. marts 2016. Māris Sirmais,VAK „Latvija“
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4 & 5 Apr 2016
ODI ET AMO, Kiel. Hans-Joachim Lustig, conductor
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14. maijs. Bēthovens. 3 klaviersonātes op.10. Uģis Prauliņš / Rihards Plešanovs / Edgars Tomševics
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2016.g. maijs: 'Odi et Amo' @Salaspils(?)
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11 Jun 'Odi et Amo', Tornesh, Germany. Hans - Joachim Lustig, conductor
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OUR Recordings: kommende koncerter
Michala Petri (recorders)
June 18 2016 Tour Starts: Chorwerk Ruhr, Germany: Ugis Praulins "The Nightingale"
June 26 2016 Tour Ends: Chorwerk Ruhr, Germany: Ugis Praulins " The Nightingale".
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18 Jun 2016 @VirgaFest ("VecāsMājas")
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Ugis Praulins' ballet "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (Regīna Kaupuža, choreographer)
June 2016. Warsaw, Poland
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Pagānu gadagrāmata / Pagan Yearbook
Fest. 'Zobens un lemess' 8/9 Jul 2016
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16./17. Juli Aufnahme der Chorteile: 'Odi et Amo', Sonux Ensemble, Germany.

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2016: ...the 18th Street Singers (Washington, DC, USA): "Missa Rigensis" later this year. Benjamin Olinsky, conductor.
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"Pagānu gadagrāmata"
Masque OPERA FICTA: Australia 2016
Ivars Cinkuss, Conductor
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20.11.15

Uģis Prauliņš: SELECTED works

Uģis Prauliņš / Ugis Praulins 
composer & musician
Ugis Praulins is a Latvian composer living in Riga and Ērmaņu muiža.
His music is inspired by nature, rock and folk roots.
In 2012 he received a Grammy nomination for the best contemporary composition for his work The Nightingale.
His best known a cappella work Missa Rigensis has been performed across the World.


Text: Latin mass (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei)
Mixed chorus a cappella
Publisher: Music Sales (Novello) 
Scores: MusicRoom


Text: Hans Christian Andersen (English transl. by R.P. Keigwin)
Instrumentation: SSSSSAAAAACtTTTTTBBBBB; recorders (S-nino, S, A, T)
Publisher: Musica Baltica 


ODI ET AMO (1999) CD album
Text: (Roman) Latin: Catullus, Thomas Campion, The Old Testament, etc.
SATB + rock ensemble
Publisher: Musica Baltica 
LaMPA Award for Album of the Year 1999 


Text: Latvian
Ambient folk concept album
Recording: U.P. & friends UPE CD 009
Best folk album 1999 (LaMPA Award)


 "In contrast to some contemporary composers who have chosen to pursue a difficult and narrow artistic path, struggling over arcane theories and systems, Latvian composer Ugis Praulins has embraced virtually every style of music as a potential resource for creative exploration. 
While eschewing formalism, Praulins never abandons the craft of composition, seamlessly melding folk song, Renaissance polyphony, the unerring sense of timing of a good Rock song and a confident theatricality, to create music that entertains and uplifts." (ProCoro Canada, 2012)



1.10.15

Imagination /The Land of My Heart/ (2011)

Uģis Prauliņš
IMAGINATION (The Land of My Heart)
for children's choir (SA) and brass quintet (tp, tp, h, tb, tuba)
(2011)

Lyrics by Barbara Juliane von Krüdener Madame de Krudener (1764 - 1824)
English translation by Clarence Ford

Commissioned by the Jugendwerkstatt “Frohe Zukunft”. 
World premiere: 2011-05-05. 
Donnerstag; 05. Mai 2011, Konzerthalle Ulrichskirche, 32. internationales Kinderchorfestival Fröhlich sein und singen Halle/ Saale.
Imagination - Uraufführung / Festivalchöre  / Leitung: Ugis Praulins, conductor
(c) 2011 Stefan Roehrig
Donnerstag; 05. Mai 2011, 15:00 Uhr, Stadthaus Halle. Workshop „Die Geburt eines Liedes“ deutsch / englisch mit Ugis Praulins - Lettland
(c) 2011 Stefan Roehrig
27 Sept 2015: Canadian premiere
Pro Coro Canada opening concert @Winspear Centre in Edmonton:
“over 1600 people were in the hall...” Michael Zaugg, conductor  
SCORE (1st page): 
PRS tunecode: 123571FV

Waiting For Godot (2010)

Uģis Prauliņš GAIDOT GODO 
Veltījums Ingai Prauliņai jubilejā
En attendant Godot / Waiting for Godot 
mini duet for violin and violoncello
(2010)

1. Bezrūpīgā iesaistīšanās (Unconcerned/Careless Implication?)   2:00
2. Scherzo: Caledoscope / "Nekauņas"   1:00
3. "Franču deja" / a la Courante   2:00
4. Finale: "Bezrūpības fināls" (fin)   0:40

First performance: 22nd of July, 2010 @the Latvian Composers' Union
by Raimonds Melderis, violin & Ainārs Paukšēns, cello.
SCORE published by Musica Baltica
https://www.musicabaltica.com/en/shop/chamber-music/string-instruments-without-piano/waiting-for-godot/
https://www.musicabaltica.com/lv/veikals/kamermuzika/stigu-instrumenti-bez-klavierem/gaidot-godo/



24.8.15

ECHO Klassik 2015: „Des Kaisers Nachtigall“ / The Nightingale


ECHO Klassik 2015:
Den „Klassik für Kinder“-­‐Preis gewinnt die Aufnahme „Des Kaisers Nachtigall“ des Helbling Verlags mit Uģis Prauliņš, Michala Petri, Malte Arkona, Klaas Stok und dem SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart.

Das SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart und die Blockflötenvirtuosin Michala Petri lassen mit der Musik des baltischen Komponisten Uģis Prauliņš prächtige Schlösser und zauberhafte Gärten, zickige Hofdamen und den herzerwärmenden Gesang der Nachtigall entstehen.

http://www.presseportal.de/pm/7169/3103935 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVK_7qIfQ7o

Three Latvians - Elīna Garanča, Vineta Sareika and Uģis Prauliņš - among the Prize Winners!!!!!! Esmeralda Bertule via Facebook

http://www.helbling.at/media/shared/pdfs/Pressemeldung_ECHO_Klassik_2015_Des_Kaisers_Nachtigall.pdf




AUSGEZEICHNETE MUSIKVERMITTLUNG 
Medienpreis „LEOPOLD“ geht an Kinder-CD des Helbling Verlags Esslingen




Die CD „Des Kaisers Nachtigall“ aus der Kooperation zwischen Helbling Verlag und SWR ist mit dem LEOPOLD 2015/2016 prämiert worden. Neben dem ECHO Klassik 2015 ist dies bereits die zweite hoch renommierte Auszeichnung für diese Produktion des Helbling Verlags. Der Medienpreis LEOPOLD gilt als die wichtigste deutsche Auszeichnung für Musiktonträger für Kinder und wird alle zwei Jahre vergeben. Die Preisverleihung fand am 25. September in Köln statt.
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Des Kaisers Nachtigall. SWR Young Classix. Helbling HI-S7492CD 
Ugis Praulins’ „The Nightingale“ ist ein anspruchsvolles, Chorklang und Blockflöte im Sinne der Geschichte plausibel aufeinander beziehendes Stück, das Kinderohren aber nicht überfordert. Es erklingt hier in Ausschnitten und wird in das von Malte Arkona erzählte Andersen-Märchen so eingebettet, dass die englischen Gesangstexte kein Problem darstellen. Im Gegenteil – diese Distanzierung stärkt den Charakter der Chorstücke als atmosphärische, für sich stehende Inseln. Das SWR Vokalensemble singt unter der Leitung von Klaas Stok hinreißend, Michala Petris virtuose Flötentöne erheben sich nachtigallengleich darüber.
 Juan Martin Koch



Hans Christian Andersens Märchen in der Musikversion eines lettischen zeitgenössischen Komponisten - ist das kinderkompatibel? Ja, schwer zu glauben, aber die Testgruppe war sehr angetan. Ugis Praulins hat mit herrlichen, sphärischen, zeitlosen Klängen und viel Witz die Atmosphäre des Märchens eingefangen - die Szenerie im Alten China, das Staunen über die Kunst der Nachtigall, das Volk, das einen mechanischen Vogel bevorzugt.  
von Lena Bodewein, NDR Info
Dieses Thema im Programm: NDR Info | Hörspiel | 24.10.2015 | 07:56 Uhr

4.8.15

“Sanctus” (J.S.Bach / U.Praulins) [1724-49 / 2015]

J. S. Bach / U. Praulins 
Sanctus” NOCTURNAL BARCAROLLE 
[1724-49 / 2015]
Stephen Layton, conductor
http://www.cityoflondonsinfonia.co.uk/
WP: Southwark Cathedral, London on 14th Oct 2015 @19:30
in concert

Venice: Darkness to Light


Pergolesi arr. Bach: Stabat Mater
Vivaldi arr. Bach : Keyboard Concerto in F maj BWV 978
Busoni arr. John Adams: Berceuse Elegiaque
Liszt arr. John Adams: The Black Gondola
Bach arr. Ugis Praulins: Commission Sanctus (Nocturnal Barcarolle)
Stravinsky: Pulcinella

City of London Sinfonia

Elin Manahan Thomas soprano, Alex Potter  countertenor, Stephen Farr harpsichord
Stephen Layton conductor

Southwark Cathedral
London Bridge, London, SE1 9DA
cathedral.southwark.anglican.org


J. S. Bach. arr. U. Prauliņš: “Sanctus” (Nocturnal Barcarolle)
Section 1
J. S. Bach. arr. U. Prauliņš: “Sanctus” (Nocturnal Barcarolle)
Section 2
             


9.7.15

Made in Germany (Odi et amo 2015 LIVE)


Odi et amo 2015. Live in Germany

Fr 03.07.2015, 19 Uhr
Odi et amo
Oratorium für Chor und Rockband von Ugis Praulins (Riga). 
Konzert der Chorknaben Uetersen
Ort: Gaststätte „Zur Erholung“, Mühlenstraße 56, Uetersen 
Sa 04.07.2015, 19 Uhr
Odi et amo
Konzert der Chorknaben Uetersen
Ort: Aula der KGST, Klaus Groth Straße 11, Tornesch 

Leitung: Hans - Joachim Lustig 
Band: Ugis Praulins (keys & voice)Timo Böcking (keys), Ingo Hassenstein (ac.gt.), Malte Kuhn (el.gt.), Bo Stockfleth (bass) & Mathias Blässe (drums)

Special thanks to Beate Raudies & Thorsten Mann-Raudies


Rehearsal 1 Jul 2015


Noten / Scores /Notis: @ Musica Baltica / Edition Peters

2.7.15

Pagānu gadagrāmata LIVE (2015)


RTU vīru koris GAUDEAMUS 2015.g. 16. maijā „Lielajā Ģildē” Amatu ielā 6, Rīgā pirmatskaņoja koncertvariantā komponista Uģa Prauliņa tautas mūzikas ciklu „Pagānu gadagrāmata

Andris Sējāns - taustiņi
Reinis Sējāns – perkusijas
Andris Grunte – bass
Ilze Grunte – ģitāras
Māris Muktupāvels – dūdas, stabules, kokles
Latvīte Cirse - kokles
Samanta Tīna, Asnate Rancāne – balss

skaņa – Andris Ūze
gaismas – Egils Kupčs
režisors Uģis Brikmanis

koncerta mākslinieciskais vadītājs Ivars Cinkuss

KONCERTIERAKSTS:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgNhZz_75bc    LIVE @Lielā ģilde, Rīga

"Pagānu gadagrāmata" (Pagan Yearbook) Live WP! 2015-05-16 @Lielā ģilde, Rīga
Male chorus "Gaudeamus", Ivars Cinkuss & Co

2015-07-16Neikenkalna Dabas koncertzāle, Dikļi 
("Gaudeamus", Ivars Cinkuss, Uģis Prauliņš, Artis Orubs, Andris Grunte, Ilze Grunte, Māris Muktupāvels, Latvīte Cirse, Samanta Tīna, Asnate Rancāne).

2015-12-22/23 @"Daile"

28.4.15

Shady Brass Suite (2009)


Shady Brass Suite for Low Brass Quartet
"The music of Latvian composer Ugis Praulins is inspired by nature, rock and folk roots. This tour de force for three trombones and tuba brings to mind the Mnozil Brass, and should be an exciting and significant addition to the brass ensemble repertoire".
(April 18, 2015)
http://www.musicforbrass.com

Praulins, Ugis
SHADY BRASS SUITE
Movements:
I. Overture (Allemande & Gigue);
II. Funky Joke;
III. Air;
IV. Latvians (Ballad);
V. Courabande;
VI. Balkan Dance;
VIa. Interlude (ad libitum);
VII. Flamenco Evensong (Intermedia/Gigue);
VIII. Fanfare Tutti (Intermezzo);
IX. Blues & Waltz;
X. Gigue & Reggae; Encore
http://www.musicforbrass.com/pdfsamp/samp_498.pdf

Two tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba. Challenging but playable.
Playing time: about 26:00. Download size: 2,730 KB.
UP-1: $19.95
Samples: PDFMP3

http://www.musicforbrass.com/brass-quartet-music.html#shady

Edited by Brad Howland



Supported by:
 (2007 - 2009)

15.4.15

TRIO


Praulins/Ozols/Orubs is a Latvian ethno–jazz fusion trio formed in 2014. 
The trio explores different acoustic and electronic sound colours from jazz, experimental and rock, 
fusing traditional Latvian music with the spontaneity of jazz.

Uģis Prauliņš is a composer and performer. In 1977 he began playing keyboards in the progressive rock band 'Salve' and in the early 1980s he participated in the Latvian folk revival. In 2012 Praulins got a Grammy nomination for the Best Classical Contemporary Composition with "The Nightingale".

Edvīns Ozols is one of the most in-demand bassists in the Baltic States' music scene. His performing and recording credits include the Latvian Radio Big Band and the Riga Jazz Quartet. Together with the Māris Briežkalns Quintet, he has performed at the Venice Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz, Ottawa Jazz, and the Brussels Jazz Festival.
Drummer Artis Orubs 
received his bachelor's degree from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2008 where he
 played with the award-winning Vladimír Spišiak Quartet, the César Latorre Trio and the legendary Thijs van Leer (Focus). He has performed and recorded with SIG, Erik Truffaz, Deniss Pashkevich, the Riga Jazz Quartet, the Latvian Radio Big Band, Christian Frank, etc.



10.4.15

LIVE 'séances'

Live 'SÉANCES' 2015:

Uģis Prauliņš

10. IV 20/21:00 – 22:00 Simsoni & Vīni (SOLO) 
@Ala 19 IV 2015 [Praulins/Ozols/Orubs]
19. IV 21:00 – 24:00 folkklubs “Ala” (TRIO) 
Artis Orubs (perc.), Edvīns Ozols (b), Uģis Prauliņš (keys) @Restorācija
V “Restorācija” (TRIO) [tbc]

Oleru muiža 30 V 2015 [Praulins-Grunte-Orubs]
(c) Janis Vidmants
30. V 19:00 Oleru muiža (TRIO)
"Paldies, Uģi un kompānija, par koncertu!
Gribējās padalīties, ka saņemu daudzas, jaukas atsauksmes par notikušo pasākumu Oleros.
Lai jums izdodas un vēlreiz paldies."
Ieva Zemīte / Biedrība "Oleru muiža" (3 VI 2015)


27 Jun 2015 "Ala" (DUO) Orubs & Prauliņš

2 Oct 2015 "Restorācija" (TRIO) Prauliņš - Ozols - Orubs 

2 Dec 2015 "Hāgenskalna komūna" 20:30 (SOLO piano)  https://youtu.be/8kpLqCmLeWk
Len Davies / 9.dec.2015 @ 4:41 via Facebook
I SO wish I had audio for this. You've never heard magic until you hear Ugis on the piano. In 1998 he played for a famous Indian film Soundtrack composer, and after the first and only take the composer went to Ugis, kneeled down in front of him and with both hands held like in prayer he said 'Thank You' in the most impassioned way. I miss hearing my brother play so very much. 


14 Dec 2015 "Simsoni vīni" (SOLO piano) 18:00 ["Aktu zīmējumi"]

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13 Feb 2016 Folkklubs ALA (trio: Uģis Prauliņš - Andris Grunte - Artis Orubs) 





22.2.15

Partial list of works


Uģis Prauliņš / Ugis Praulins 

Partial list of works


1978: Praeludium in e, for piano 
1978: Praeludium in f-moll, for oboe and choir 
1990: Šodien, for voice and accompaniment 
1991: Kaķīša dzirnavas, music for the film 
1992: Untamed Fashion Assembly II, soprano solo and virtual ensemble 
1993: Courage To Kill, music for the film 
1994: Untamed Fashion Assembly IV,  for virtual instruments 
1994: Modus Vivendi, for soloists, vocal ensemble and accompaniment 
1995: Un chien Andalou, music for film, string ensemble and percussion 
1997: Hollywood Overture, for virtual orchestra 
1998: Pagānu gadagrāmata, folk album 
1999: Odi et amo, album for choir and ensemble 
2000: Rīga, album, for choir and accompaniment 
2000: Festival Music, for string orchestra and percussion 
2001: Te Deum laudamus, for soloists, choir, symphony orchestra and organ 
2002: Missa Rigensis, for choir 
2002: 6 Epigrams, for soprano solo and piano 
2002: Concerto-concertino, for piano and string orchestra 
2004: Snow White and Seven Dwarfs, ballet 
2005: Venus et Amor, for male chorus, alto solo and ensemble 
2005: Ziemsvētki Jaunajā Pasaulē, for soloists, choir and ensemble 
2008: Muzika, for piano and string orchestra 
2008: Fantasia Rustica, for alto saxophone and organ 
2008: Laudibus in Sanctis, for choir 
2009: To The Light, for tenor saxophone and male chorus 
2009: Shady Brass Q Suite, for trombone quartet 
2010: The Nightingale, for solo recorder and choir 
2010: Gaidot Godo / Waiting for Godot, for violin and cello 
2011: Imagination, for choir and brass quintet 
2011: Opera Ficta, masque, for soloists, choir and baroque ensemble 
2012: Dream Team 1935, music for the film 
2012: Dialogues, for electric guitar and pipe organ 
2013: Overture-Fantasia, for concert band 
2013: Tumsā gāju, for choir and vocal ensemble 
2013: Lux beatissima, for choir 
2013: Iam ver egelidos, for choir 
2014: Not All Words Are Birds, for soprano solo, violin, cello and piano 
2014: Adsit virtus, for choir 

Updated 22 Feb 2015