Voices Of The Ancestors

The podcast about Georgian polyphonic songs and the women who sing them

Latest Episode 9: Behind the Scenes with Ialoni in Adjara

Photo of P’at’i Tapladze by Anna R Japaridze

An audio journey through the mountains of high Ajara, following ensemble Ialoni as they film for the American Library of Congress

The Ialoni Homegrown Concert is available for free on The American Folklife Center youtube channel. Youtube link https://youtu.be/CU7KO28QDDk

Holly and Susan chat about the trip from Tbilisi to Shuakhevi and beyond. After walking through snow, Susan meets with elders from a creative family – P’at’i Tapaladze (featured in Ialoni’s concert) and her daughter, Eteri. With the aid of an interpreter, we hear the voices of P’at’i and Eteri as they speak about the ancestors. There are ‘in the moment’ delights while Ialoni and P’at’i sing ‘behind the scenes’. As a final ‘surprise’ the location shifts to Ozurgeti in Guria and a meeting with singing elder – Rebuli Mzhavanadze (Dr Nana Mzhavanadze’s uncle).

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Music used in Episode 9:

Ialoni; Nai-nai – Ialoni and P’at’i Tapaladze recording by Leo Decristoforo;  P’at’i Tapaladze field recording by Susan Thompson; Batonebo – Ialoni and Rebuli Mzhavanadze field recording by Susan Thompson.

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5 Star Apple Review – Fascinating & beautiful podcast

“This is such an interesting podcast, featuring beautiful voices, stories and songs from Georgia. Full of emotion, heart and wonderful music. I had no knowledge of this topic before listening, but love hearing from the people, teachers and singers of these traditional songs – a hidden gem of the world. bee_franz 12.12.2020

5 Star Apple Review – Fascinating & beautiful podcast

“This is such an interesting podcast, featuring beautiful voices, stories and songs from Georgia. Full of emotion, heart and wonderful music. I had no knowledge of this topic before listening, but love hearing from the people, teachers and singers of these traditional songs – a hidden gem of the world. bee_franz 12.12.2020

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