Bagpipe and drum music group Auli was founded in 2003 in Riga, Latvia. Regardless of the fact that there is scare trace left of bagpipe and drum playing traditions in Latvia, both instruments were mentioned in Latvian folklore materials. Based in their own research and experience Auli have developed the perception of Latvian bagpipes – their tunes and possibilities as well as combined this sound with the rhythm and beat of different kinds of drums, including one of the biggest tree trunk drums in the Baltics.
Aulis repertoire started out with traditional dance and bagpipe melodies including tunes of other European peoples as well as drum pieces. But they soon developed their own melodies and style, not continuing the traditional route, but also not following the well-beaten path of the various medieval bagpipe and drum groups known all over Europe. The music pieces reflect the creative approach of the group members.
In their third album Etnotranss Auli are going on a conceptional journey of initiation through the underworld, travelling through time and various stages of passion, fear, power and friendship, meeting on their way mythical companions, transforming themselves several times and returning wiser and stronger. The well-known Latvian writer Laima Muktupavela has written texts for each of the pieces, which can be read while listening to the music and thus create an associative background.