The bagpipe and drum music group Auļi was founded in 2003 in Riga, Latvia. Despite the fact that there are scarce traces left of bagpipe and drum playing traditions in Latvia, both instruments are frequently mentioned in Latvian folklore materials. Based on their own research and experience, Auļi have developed the perception of Latvian bagpipes – their tunes and possibilities – and combined this sound with the rhythm and beat of different kinds of drums, including one of the biggest tree trunk drums in the Baltics.
Auļi`s repertoire started out with traditional dance and bagpipe melodies including tunes of other European peoples as well as drum pieces. However, they soon developed their own melodies and style, not continuing in the traditional route, but also not following the well-beaten path of the various medieval bagpipe and drum groups known all over Europe. The music pieces reflect the creative approach of the group members.