Doctor of Arts, Professor at the Latvian University, composer and musician. Researcher of Latvian traditional and contemporary musical culture and especially music instruments – such as kokle and bagpipes, which he also plays. As soloist as well as with other musicians he has had concerts in Latvia and many other European countries, the U.S., Australia, Asia. Composed two oratories “Pārcēlājs. Pontifex” (2004) and “Skaņumeža mistērija” (2008), author of a number of kokle and traditional music albums.