Rihards Lībietis is a guitar player from Latvia, blending acoustic fingerstyle, blues and world music in one whole listening adventure. He’s been playing guitar since 2007, changing from a passion in rock-climbing to performing music.
Rihards’ musical influences include Led Zeppelin, Guns n’ Roses, Toumani Diabate, This Will Destroy You, Miles Davis, Albert King, Ray Charles, Michael Hedges, Andy McKee and the likes of Thomas Newman, Jeremy Soule among others.
Music is an amazing tool to get hold of oneself. It heals, opens, and helps to let go of anything unnecessary. If you listen with intent, you will find yourself free.
Rihards is a mostly self-taught musician. It all started with rock music, moving on to blues. After creating a few practice projects and attending every jam session, he improved his skills as a musician.
He started writing and performing his original acoustic music as a solo performer in 2010. Gaining some useful experience that way, in 2011 Rihards landed a spot as a guitar player in Bite’s Blues Band, with whom it was, at last, a professional kind of work – regular concerts, and performing with experienced artists in the blues scene, such as Innes Sibun, “Sir” Oliver Mally, Dave Goodman, among others.
Between playing in the band and as a solo performer, Rihards Lībietis has had the chance to try new experiences in composimg music. Working with the band RYGA soundtrack for theatre play “Izraiditie” was born. The play premiered in January 2014 and was a great success in the Latvian theatre scene. The soundtrack was nominated for the Latvian annual theatre awards 2014.
In the year 2015 a new play, entitled “Catch me”, which was also nominated for an award at the Latvian annual theatre awards, was created. Rihards composed and performed the whole soundtrack at each showing of the play. Since then, more notable theatre projects include “Death of Bunny Munroe” in 2017, again together with the band RYGA, and also nominated for Latvian annual theatre awards.
Album releases and current bands
In 2014, a first full length album, completely self-recorded, revealed itself as RL Elektronix.
September of 2015 saw the release of “Scream, Breathe, Cry”. Rihards original music, composed in a 3 year period Scream, Breathe, Cry, from which the band RL Orchestra emerged.The band has completed two Baltic tours since the release of the album. Find out more here.
In beginning of 2017, Rihards arranged and recorded instrumental cover versions of popular Latvian tunes, resulting in an album “Seasons.Spring.Guitar”, published in March by Micrec music as a part of a 4 album series, featuring different Latvian artists.
Also in May, 2017, RL Orchestra released their second album, and a live recording – LIVE IN CONCERT, which captures the feeling of being in the concert of the band.
Rihards Libietis Orchestra is currently working on their next release – EP “Reflections”, collaborating with different Latvian vocalists. Album is due to come out in September, 2018.
Currently, Rihards is working with his own original music in the band Rihards Libietis Orchestra, and also performing in bands Pacific K, Midnight Dave n’ The Cockroaches, and The Originals. Rihards also performs together with such artists as Linda Leen, Anneli Arro and others.