The Latvian folk-rock band IVA, fronted by singer Vita Ivaškeviča, has released its long-awaited first album. Titled Tuksneša dārzi (Desert Gardens), the 10-track record was presented earlier this month in Rīga.
The album includes two songs already released as singles, including “Traveller” and “Highway.” Five of the tracks are in Latvian and five are in English.
Ivaškeviča, who also has been active in the local government of Jaunsvirlaukas parish near Jelgava, composed her first song at age 18, according to the band’s Web site. From 2001-2004 she was a member of the band Soli Deo Gloria, after which she spent some time in the United States, becoming familiar with American folk music and the mandolin, as well as composing several of the songs on the album.
Tracks on the album include:
- Mīlestība vienā dienā nenotiek
- Laimīgs cilvēks
- The Beautiful Land
Besides singer and guitarist Ivaškeviča, members of IVA are Baiba Plakane (guitar and mandolin), Andris Tučs (bass) and Viesturs Samts (drums).
The first album from the folk-rock band IVA is Tuksneša dārzi.
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