Summer solstice
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  • country:Latvia
  • region:Eastern Europe
  • style(s):Traditional, Contemporary modal
  • label:Tautumeitas
  • type:Band
  • gender:female
  • instrumentation:instrumental, vocal, a cappella, electronic, percussion, string, brass
  • artist posted by:Latvian Music Information Centre

Line up

  • Asnate Rancāne  (violin, voice)
  • Aurēlija Rancāne (drums, voice)
  • Ilona Dzērve (diatonic accordion, voice)
  • Lauma Bērza (violin, voice)
  • Laura Liepiņa (percussion, voice)
  • Laura Marta Arāja (percussion, voice)


For ancient Latvians, the name “tautumeitas” was given to young women at marriageable age but today it stands for all women dressed in national costumes.

Tautumeitas's music is created by six voices and six pairs of hands owned by Latvian girls, who believe that music makes the world better.

The principal interest of the group is traditional singing, especially multipart singing. The particular voice resonance created by this form of Latvian traditional singing provides enjoyment not only for the audience but also for the performers themselves. In order to portray traditional music from their own perspective and to show how the modern day 'Tautumeita' thinks and feels, the members each incorporate different instruments into this traditional a capella vocal music. The majority of the band's members have studied ethnomusicology, which is why there are many traditional music influences from different parts of the world.

Timbral variety, fresh ideas and eclectic musical taste all fuse together to give Tautumeitas its unique sound.