We are inspired by pine tree forest air and wild sea, sunny happiness in our eyes and our never-ending energy. The place where we come from unites us…
Saulkrasti Mixed Choir ANIMA was founded in 30th of November in 2001. The conductors are Laura Leontjeva and Matīss Tučs, vocal coach is Elīna Ose. Choir's ANIMA characteristic trait is its ability to be in constant movement and change – we are not afraid to experiment with performances, styles and characters and that’s why the repertoire is so varied – folk music, classical music, and popular music.
Over time the choir ANIMA has been conducted by Artūrs Ancāns, Mārcis Imants, Jānis Misiņš, Kārlis Rūtentāls. We are proud that Uģis Prauliņš, Kristaps Krievkalns, Laima Jansone, Edgars Beļickis, Platons Buravickis have composed pieces especially for ANIMA.
Latest musical events and performances
- The soundtrack for the latest version of Raimonds Pauls and Jānis Peters musical play "Māsa Kerija" (Sister Kerry), directed by Valdis Lūriņš, in collaboration with Kristaps Krievkalns big band (2019).
- Recording the album JŪRD/SAKNES/ROOTS, accompanied by professional musicians (2018).
- Participation in world music festival PORTA (2018) together with British and Scottish folk singer Sam Lee.
- Participation in traditional Latvian Dance and Song festival, the best choir competition and Folk music concert "Visas manas greznas dziesmas" (All my beautiful songs) (2018).
- The concert-show "Sirdsbalss" (Voice of Heart) (2016/2017) in collaboration with choreographer Jānis Purviņš and composers Raimonds Tiguls and Kristaps Krievkalns (performed in 56th Australian-Latvian Culture days in Melbourne and Sydney).
- The concert-show "Saules krastos" (On the Sunny Coast) (2015) in collaboration with composer and kokle player Laima Jansone, folk singer Julgī Stalte, composer Edgars Beļickis and producer Uģis Brikmanis.
- Participation in choir competitions in Hungary, Italy, Austria, Germany, Norway and Czech Republic.
Saulkrasti Mixed Choir ANIMA yields to vitality and versatility, both within themselves and in music, and enjoys facing new musical challenges thus crossing the boundaries of habitual and enjoying to make the world around colourful.