The most famous world music band from Latvia, Iļģi has been performing for more than 30 years, with concert tours to Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Great Britain, Switzerland, Australia, USA, France, and China. They initially travelled throughout Latvia collecting and performing authentic Latvian folk music, but over the years their creative spirits made them search for new means of musical expression. The result was a fresh form of folk music that won new listeners and helped to make authentic folk music more popular among the younger generation. While employing modern musical themes and instruments in their records Iļģialso has incorporated the influences of ethnic music from other countries, which has resulted in a distinctive style that has won them awards and acclaim worldwide.