The children vocal studio Knīpas un Knauķi was founded in 1971.
The studio offers to develop the musical skills for children from the age of 3 years. The activities are held in groups, where children are divided by ages. The main task of the studio is to recognize and develop childrenvocal and rhytmical skills already in the pre-school age. The studio gives apportunity for children to acquire also the basic elements of music lessons. These avtivities help to prepare for school and many children choses to attend music school later. Beautiful tradition is all groups concerts at the Riga Latvian Society in autumn, at Christmas, on Easter and on Mothers Day. The movement esthetics is more connected with a theatrical than choreographic thinking at the studio. For many concerts the studio makes small performances that make happy both, the participants and the listeners. More actively in the concert activities participate 3 concert groups, which, without the daily repertoire, make huge musical performances, working with professional directors and soloists. Since 1997 the children vocal studio Knīpas un knauķi make huge musical projects performances that not only seriously improve the children skills and chances, but also give their contribution to the existing repertoire offered for children in Riga.
In 1997 was staged J.Lūsēns and N.Beļskis musical performance Strange World with the participation of the singers IGO, I.Stonins and I.Martinsone. In 1999 the first performance was for the performance Listen by J.Kulakovs, N.Beļskis and D.Micāne-Zālīte, where Agnese and I.Cinkuss sung. The project was regularly staged on Latvian National Theatres stage in 1999. On August 19, 2001 Knīpas un knauķi celebrated Rigas 800th birthday together with the composers J.Lūsēns, J.Kulakovs, R.Pauls, Z.Muktupāvels and I.Kalniņš at the Doma Square. The children vocal studio Knīpas un knauķi has inspired the creation of the musical play Thumbelina at the Daile theatre (J.Lūsēns, N.Beļskis, D.Micāne-Zālīte, 2003). Since 2005 the participants of the vocal studio participate in the Riga Children and youth musical theatres RīBēJa MuTe (Mouth Resounded) performances: The Crunch Boy (N.Matvejevs, M.Samauskis ), Was Once (G.Gaujenieks, I.Reizniece, Latvian folk songs), The Class (J.Ķirsis, N.Beļskis), Dustboys and Dustgirls Christmas (V.Siliņa, A.Leine), Pifs Adventures (N.Matvejevs, M.Samauskis).
In 2011 Knīpas un Knauķi celebrated its 40th anniversary with several concerts in Latvia.
Recorded musical projects:
1995 MC Come to Sing Together (Latvian folk songs, arrangement - J.Lūsēns)
1996 MC Ball with Johann Flypaper (I. Purmaliete)
1997 CD, MC Strange World (J.Lūsēns, N.Beļskis)
1999 CD, MC Listen (J.Kulakovs, N.Beļskis)
2001 CD, MC The Happy Land (V.Siliņa)
2001 CD, MC Unusual Rigans (songs for Riga-800 together with an animation film, Latvian Music Records Annual Award in the children records category)
2002 CD, MC Earth Songs (N.Matvejevs, M.Samauskis)
2003 CD, MC Thumbelin (J.Lūsēns, N.Beļskis)
2003 CD, MC Who are those, who Sang (V.Siliņa)
2003 CD, MC Come and Fill the Little Heart (J.Lūsēns, N.Matvejevs, V.Siliņa, N.Beļskis, Latvian Music Records Annual Award in the children records category)
2004 CD + book Rigas Plays (J.Lūsēns, I.Zandere)
2005 CD The Crunch Boy (N.Matvejevs, M.Samauskis)
2006 CD I Always Little for My Mummy (V.Siliņa, J.Ķirsis)
2006 CD Was Once (G.Gaujenieks, I.Reizniece, Latv. Folk songs, Latvian Music Records Annual Award in the children records category)
2007 CD Knīpiņas un knauķīši (V.Siliņa)
2007 CD Dustboys and Dustgirls Christmas (V.Siliņa, A.Leine)
2008 CD Pifs Adventures (N.Matvejevs, M.Samauskis)
2010 CD Sweet and Good Songs
2011 CD Songs with Sousages (Andris Sējāns)
2012 CD When We Werent at Home (Jānis Ķirsis)