Why go to Latvia to study music composition? The answer is quite multi-faceted. The short answer is that I am living in Latvia for a while to develop more fluency with my spoken Latvian, with the specific goal of discussing musical issues comfortably and eloquently. I’m also at a stage in my development as a… Continue reading Why Study Music in Latvia?
We were invited to attend Trejdeviņi by our longtime Latvian friends Dace and Kaspars. “Saiets”, a gathering, is the word preferred by many over “Nometne”, the regular word for “camp”, which still has connotations of “prison camp” or “refugee camp”. “Trejdeviņi” is a traditional Latvian word meaning “a lot” (technically three times nine), with connotations… Continue reading Saiets Trejdeviņi
Latvia!? Yes, that’s right, Latvia! Actually I’ve been heading towards this sojourn for about 30 years now. My Mom was born in Riga, Latvia in 1937. She and my grandmother fled the approaching Soviet Army for the second time in 1943, this time for good. She spent her formative childhood years in a displaced persons… Continue reading A Year (or two) in Latvia