Biruta Ozoliņa & DJ Monsta (Latvia)

The collaboration between Biruta Ozoliņa (voice, kokle) and DJ Monsta (Uldis Cīrulis) (scratch, sampler, etc.) began in 2010. Their atmospheric music is rooted in the Latvian folklore, and their experience allows the folk-songs to be interpreted in a new way and to gain new colours. 2013 saw the release of their debut album “I Sowed the Sun” (Sauli sēju). It includes meditative and peaceful melodies form Kurzeme and Latgale regions. “Folk songs are like a free and beautiful bird which some people wish to put in a cage,” Biruta explains. “We are not trying to trim its wings. Instead, we look for a language which we all have in common and understand.” They are joined by Toms Poišs (double-bass), and Mikus Čavarts (drums), live and on the record.