Minsk hosted a Latvian-Belarusian business forum within the framework of the visit to the Republic of Belarus of the Latvian delegation headed by the Chairman of the Riga Duma Nils Usakovs. The event was organized by the Minsk branch of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry conjointly with the Minsk City Executive Committee, the Riga Duma, and the Embassy of the Latvian Republic in the Republic of Belarus.
Over 200 representatives of business community, state authorities, and mass media of the two countries participated in the B2B meeting, ‘Rizhsky Dvorik’ trade mark presentation and working meeting on tourism within the business forum.

The representatives of 100 Belarusian enterprises and organizations held negotiations with Latvian colleagues, discussed cooperation prospects and reached specific agreements in the areas of renewable energy sources implementation, development of eco-friendly waste treatment technologies, water supply, transport, construction, real estate, landscape and outdoor design, consulting and tourism.
Also famous artists from Latvia – singer Diana Pirags,saxophone player -Ivars Bajaruns, actress – Mirdza Martinsone were participating & performing at official dinner.


Hello my dear friends!
I hope that one day you will visit one of the most beautiful town in the world – Riga!
Melody for this beautiful song were composed by Artem Sarvi & me.
Lyrics were written by very famous latvian author Tatjana Bojcenko.
We both were born in Riga,we love music and we love our town!!!

El Cariño – Spainish version for song “Nezhnost” by Diana Pirags & Gipsymania

El Cariño – Latino version of the song Nezhnost.(Russian spelling: Нежность, English translation: Tenderness).
The song was composed in 1965. The music was written by Aleksandra Pakhmutova, with lyrics by Nikolay Dobronravov and Sergey Grebennikov.
Nezhnost’ was performed in 1967 by Tatiana Doronina (as Nyura) in Tatiana Lioznova’s film Tri topolya na Plyushchikhe (Three Poplars at Plyuschikha Street). Originally it was recorded by Maya Kristalinskaya in 1966 and was covered many times by many artists in Soviet Union and Russia, including versions made by Yuri Gulyayev, Joseph Kobzon, Tamara Sinyavskaya, Lyudmila Zykina, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Tamara Gverdtsiteli, Maria Codrianu, Latvian singer Olga Pīrāgs. Also, the song was recorded in 1967 by French singer Frida Boccara in Russian (Soviet album «Поёт Фрида Боккара» / Frida Boccara sings, Melodiya), in 1969 by Cuban singer Lourdes Gil and Francis Goya (as Tenderness — CD album A Tribute To Alexandra Pakhmutova, 2002). The song has been live performed in 1999 by Alla Bayanova in French, accompanied by Mikhail Pletnev.
Several Western arrangements of the tune are known under the title Tenderness. In particular, Marc Almond’s version is known for his live performance at the Manege of the First Cadet Corps (Saint Petersburg) on October 1, 2008 [2] and Thomas Anders’ version is known for his live performance at the Kremlin Palace on April 23, 2009.
In 2014 we are glad to announce brand new spanish – rumba flamenco version of the song “Nezhnost” written by Aleksandra Pakhmutova,with lyrics by Valentin Kalugin.

A Star fell on Vikna …

Photo: Cristine Næsvold Kveinsjø”

In november, Latvian and Norwegian have in common a “very” short daylight. Hence … they both dream to travel as soon as possible to some exotic sunny spots.
When it comes to jazz, the brazilian notes are naturally the ones nordic and baltic musicians prefer to get warmed with.
Thus, the vocalist, Diana Pirags is by education a jazz interpret, and by heart a lover of the latin jazz melodies and tempo. Stunning are her scat, improvisation, and octave amplitude.
Two years ago, when travelling to Riga, the Norwegian pianist, Thor Helge Moe discovered the Diana Pirags. Listening to her rumba flamenco version of “Girl of Ipanema”, he immediately wanted her to display her vast repertoire and skills to the Norwegian audience.
Their friendship, love for music, and respective professionalism made that dream come true.

That’s the way, this saturday, 16th of november 2014, 6PM, took place in the library of Rorvik the utmost dense, skillful, and … inconceivable concert .
The majestic Diana Pirags revealed for the first time to Norway, her capacity to sing a large jazz repertoire. Witty, her duet “The Lady is a tramp” with the singer Jorid Ramfjord ; emotionnal her “Stars Fell On Alabama”, with the saxophonist Toralf Devik, melodious “Autumn Leaves” in french and english, with the impecaple intro of Thor Helge ; and impressively touching with “Insensitive”, sang in portuguese and english.
“But how have you been able to bring her here ?” , “that was the best concert of the county, ever”, are the two sentences that the 6000 islands, islets and skerries of Vikna keep on saying to Thor Helge Moe. Educated, captivated, the audience was as reactive, as attentive to such brio.

Diana’s voice, TradJazz passion, and the audience fascination were that evening far too large for the walls of the library hall.

All promised each other new further concerts and collaboration, in Rorvik, Riga, Trondheim… and beyond.
Let’s be patient, and hope that those jazz lovers will soon enlight our evenings, cheer up our winters, and the three other months of the year … with their so proficient generosity.