Band

Juris Kaukulis
Juris Kaukulis
Songwriting, voice, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, merlin
Andris Veinbergs
Andris Veinbergs
Double bass, cello, bass guitar
Ieva Strode
Ieva Strode
Violin, electric violin, voice, jew’s harp
Artis Orubs
Artis Orubs
Drums, percussion
Kaspars Tobis
Kaspars Tobis
Akordeons, synthesizers, keyboards, electronic
Valērijs CĪrulis
Valērijs CĪrulis
Voice, mandolin, bouzouki, percussion

Biography

JJO (Jauno Jāņu Orķestris) is a six-piece new-folk band that uses Dainas - Latvian traditional spoken poetry in their own original music - a fresh combination of pop, rock and elements of traditional and electronic music.

The band’s debut album Kālabad (2013) received a nomination for ‘best traditional and world music album’ in the Latvian Music Awards, while JJO’s dynamic live performances in various Latvian and Lithuanian music festivals has brought the band a wide and diverse audience.

JJO new studio album Ieviņa (Eve / The Bird-Cherry Tree) consists of 12 new songs based on traditional Latvian quatrain verses, which feature a unique spoken rhythm and spirit. The songs tell different stories about the curious ways in which human relationships unfold. Full of love and affection, sorrow and joy these motives are old and common, yet always new and unique for those living them.

Modern and traditional instruments, especially strings, electronic sounds and different vocal colors seemed to us to be the right way to connect tradition with creative freedom.