“Lini” was formed in 1994 by 2nd-generation Latvian-Americans in Minneapolis (USA). The group sings and plays Latvian folk songs, but sometimes also uses melodies from other traditions. All arrangements are their own. “Lini” recorded their first songs on cassette tape in 1996. Their first recording was re-released as a CD in 2006. They made a
Baznīcas dziesmas by Tabita Urdze & Amanda Zaeska About this recording This recording is also available on all popular music streaming platforms, such as, Spotify, Youtube, Apple Music, Tidal and Deezer. Accompaniments for well-known Latvian hymns played by Tabita and Amanda. Tabita Urdze – piano Amanda Zaeska – recorders, accordion This project was initiated by
About this recording “The housewife baked bread the whole day long”…in the evening she added music, and soon this little film was made. Tabita and Amanda kneaded the dough. Amanda baked the bread. Amanda and Tabita sang and played music. Toms and Laima took pictures. Toms made the film. Par šo ierakstu Saiminiece maizi cepa…tur
Toms’ collection of warning signs across the UK. Most pictures are taken along the Leeds-Liverpool canal in Leeds. Others are photographed on the Pennine Way, the Offa’s Dyke in Wales, and the West Highland Way.
Huntington Beach Visiting Ruta (the sister of Toms’ mother) in Huntington Beach. More scenes of Ruta’s neighborhood in Huntington Beach and the Huntington Beach pier. Notice the surfers, like dead flies bobbing in the water, waiting for the next big wave. And the Mormon fundamentalists(??) enjoying the beautiful weather along with everyone else. Joshua Tree
Puglia After last-minute car trouble postponed our plans for a central European road trip, Bari (at Italy’s heel) turned out to be the most affordable destination south of Ljubljana, so off we were. We rented a car at the airport and headed straight past Bari to the hills and the famed trulli region of central
About this recording A project from our home studio. Vocals: Laima Jātniece, Jānis Jātnieks, Amanda Zaeska Guitar: Jānis Jātnieks, Amanda Zaeska Accordion: Jānis Jātnieks Pump organ, kokle: Amanda Zaeska Sound engineering and production: Toms Urdze Artist: Laima Jātniece Studio “20 ābeles” Recorded on December 17-19, 2017. Songs Aija, Ancīt, aijā (t. dz.) Puff the Magic
Bēru dziesmas by Amanda Zaeska About this recording Instrumental music for funerals and memorial services: Latvian folk melodies and church hymns played on kokle. Amanda Zaeska – kokle In 2012 Rev Gita Putce asked me to record instrumental music on the kokle that could be used at funerals. The songs in this album are Latvian
A little side project that has now been ongoing for several years.
Toms hiking the West Highland Way in April, 2013.