19 Gadi Pirms Sākuma

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19 Gadi Pirms Sākuma

19 Gadi Pirms Sākuma ("19 Years before the Beginning" in English) was a Latvian avant-garde and electronic music group active from 1988 to 1991.


The band was formed by singer and and multi-instrumentalist Inguna Černova, who had previously worked with NSRD, along with keyboardist and singer Viesturs Slava and drummer Ilgvars Rišķis (both from Dzeltenie Pastnieki), as well as Daiga Mazvērsīte (keyboards), Uldis Vanags (trumpet) and Uģis Šēriņš (saxophone).

19 Gadi Pirms Sākuma made their debut in the beginning of 1988, during the exhibition "A Mole in a Hole" promoted by Hardijs Lediņš and his associates at the Museum of Foreign Art. Art curators from West Berlin, who heard this performance, invited them to the avant-garde music festival Transmission, where they played with the Latvian and Estonian guitarist Kalle Laar.

The band's music was very mutable in both form and content, based upon a mutual development of the musical theme and improvisation. In several recordings and concerts at the Tempodrom in West Berlin, Latvian DJ Roberts Gobziņš, alias Eastbam, participated in the band's concerts using tape recorders.

The group performed in concerts at the Anglican Church in Riga, at the Ogre Musical Meeting "Randiņš", at "Rock for Independence" festival in 1989 and 1990. Their last performance took place in the spring of 1991 at the Environmental Club in Arkadia Park in Riga.

The band's only album was only officially released in 2005 by Ingus Baušķenieks's record label and included 15 compositions. In 2017, it was included in the radio show cycle "Lightning on the Bottom" by Uldis Rudak, a music journalist, dedicated to 100 of the best Latvian popular music albums ever.



  • "19 gadi pirms sākuma". Releaased by Ingus Baušķenieks, 2005. (IBCD 205)

In compilations

  • "Nakts ir mana zemapziņa". Ienāc ausīs. Melodija 1990 (С60 30541 002)
  • "Singapūras vējš". Jaunais vilnis: 80tie. Pasadena, 2001. (PAS CD 2001 2)

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