Resources

In this section are gathered together resources we have found helpful in our exploration of Georgian polyphonic songs, and the women who sing them. If you would like your resources or ensemble to be featured here please contact us.

Where to See Georgian Folk Dance, Polyphony & Live Music in Tbilisi?

As Emily Lush says on the Wander Lush website “The capital is not necessarily the best place to see such performances”. Check out Wander Lush to see up to date ideas on where to find live music and dance.

Megsy and Tom, on the Tbilisi podcast, have an introductory episode on the history of Georgian Polyphonic singing. They mention places in and near Tbilisi where folk singing and dancing can be found.

Musical Guest Houses, Tours and Teachers …

Disclaimer: We do not endorse the offerings in this list. We do want to share the wide variety of possibilities for musical visitors to Georgia. Things change – please contact the organisers directly to find out the current situation.

Village Harmony Georgia Camp 2022, Was held 10 – 26th July 2022

Venue: Sighnaghi, Republic of Georgia
Leaders: Ketevan Mindorashvili, Zedashe Ensemble, Patty Cuyler, Mollie Stone
Price: $1900 adult / $1600 youth

The 17-day long camp was based in Sighnaghi, Kakheti, a historic walled hill-town with a breathtaking view of the Alazani Valley and the Caucasus Mountains about 1-1/2 hoursโ€™ drive east of Tbilisi, Georgiaโ€™s capital. Village Harmony aim to make this camp affordable for high school & college student participation by offering automatic youth discounts.

Lakhushdi – The Singing Village, Svaneti family Chamgeliani – (Was held 15th to 25th July 2022)

Workshop with Tornike Skhiereli in Oni, Racha, Georgia. August ’22 For more information info@folkhouse.ge or at tornikeskhiereli@gmail.com.

Tour leader Levan Bitarov in teh mountains.

Levan Bitarov ‘โ„‚๐•’๐•๐• ๐•—๐• ๐•ฃ ๐•ค๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜ ๐•ฅ๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ฃ ๐•š๐•Ÿ ๐”พ๐•–๐• ๐•ฃ๐•˜๐•š๐•’’ August 2-15th 2022

“Dear friends, Many of you expressed your willingness to visit Georgia and travel with me in 2022 while that terrible pandemy destroyed our plans and I had big hope to see you this summer. But now WAR between fantastic UKRAINE and OCCUPANT RUSSIA made this plans not clear. I felt unconfident and shy to call for singing tour while people are dying and such terrible things happens. But I see my Ukrainian friends tring to sing and to heal their pains by singing. Many of my foreign friends made me sure to dare to do that: to sing, to teach, to have some good vibes against that negative emotions brought by pandemy and war. So, lets do that…. Contact:levan.bitarovi1@gmail.com+995577244496 (whatsapp, viber, telegram)”

10-19th August Lakhushdi et Merisi with Zoรฉ Perret and the family Chamgeliani (Svaneti), and in Merisi with the family Turmanidze (Adjara).

Gorgian Polyphony โ€ข Musical Tours & Masterclasses Instructor โ€“ folk music expert Malkhaz ErkvanidzeAugust 10-24th 2022. Imereti, Svaneti, Guria.

Ethno Place in Samegrelo folk music expert Nino Naneishvili (Tour completed 1st to 10th June 2022)

John Graham Choir Tours, offer top quality logistics and concert promotion for choirs wishing to tour in Georgia by private request.

Guest house Moqvare, Merisi, Ajara – Turmanidze family

Keti’s House, Shilda, Kakheti. Keti and Bachana (singer with the Shilda Ensemble) are happy to host everyone who needs rest from the city, with music and good company.

Folk House, Zugdidi Besiki Tshitanava

Georgian Folk Singing Tours and Workshops (Facebook Group) Levan Bitarovi

Nanila Guest House Lenjeri Svaneti, family Pilpani


Gratitude

Susan and Holly give thanks, appreciation and gratitude to the team at IRCTP for their dedication to the study of Traditional Georgian Polyphony. (And for offering their resources to host the podcast launch in October 2020.)

International Research Centre for Traditional Polyphony Tbilisi, Georgia. Current information from the IRCTP can be found on their Facebook page and YouTube. International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony.

Resources: Books

99 Georgian Songs Book Cover

99 Georgian Songs A collection of traditional folk, church and urban songs from Georgia. Introduced by Edisher Garakanidze. Song notes and translations by Joseph Jordania. Edited by Joan Mills at the Centre for Performance Research assisted by colleagues, friends and family members of Edisher Garakanidze. Listen to Joan Mills in Episode 7.

The Georgian Feast Book Cover

The Georgian Feast: The Vibrant Culture and Savory Food of the Republic of Georgia by Dara Goldstein. Mentioned in Episode 7 with Joan Mills.

Songbook Georgia Book Cover

Songbook Georgia / Liederbuch Georgien: Georgia’s World Cultural Heritage / Georgiens Weltkulturerbe by Tamar Buadze (Author), Imke McMurtrie (Author). This Songbook of Georgia, which focuses on the female repetoire of traditional songs, is the product of two singers and music ethnologists who have been working together for many years: Tamar Buadze (Georgia) and Imke McMurtrie (Germany).

Svan Folk Songs Collection of Sheet Music with 2 audio CD’s for Self-Study.

The recordings were made in the 1980s in the Voice Recording Studio โ€œMelodiaโ€, and this unique phonoarchive was donated by Anzor Erkomaishvili to the Georgian Chant Foundation.

The publication was non-profit and it is available in electronic form, from the Georgian Chanting Foundation.

Acharan Folk Songs Collection of Sheet Music with audio CD for Self-Study.

Songs are performed by the Moqvare and Elesa ensembles from the Keda municipality.

The publication was non-profit and it is available in electronic form, from the Georgian Chanting Foundation.

Musics Lost and Found
Song Collectors and the Life and Death of Folk Tradition

by Michael Church

This ground-breaking book is the first-ever study of the role played in musical history by song collectors. This is the first-ever book about song collectors, music’s unsung heroes.

Michael Church suggests we may be seeing folk music’s ‘end of history’. Old forms are dying as the conditions for their survival – or replacement – disappear; the death of villages means the death of village musical culture.

Resources: Films

Wie Luft zum Atmen The documentary discovers the musicality of Georgia and presents its significance for this country. For it is in the lost and rediscovered songs and dances that Georgians preserve their very own identity and strength. Mentioned by Jen Morris (Like Air to Breath) in Episode 12a. Singing Landscapes – From Georgia to the Balkans.

Resources: Podcasts

Tbilisi Podcast – A podcast about life and travel in Tbilisi & Georgia. The Tbilisi podcast is a weekly show that dives in and answers all the questions you might have about visiting Tbilisi as a tourist. ๐’๐ฉ๐จ๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ฒ: ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐๐จ๐๐œ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ:

Resources: Websites for Folk Related Organisations, Festivals and Places

Art Gene Festival annual festival in Tbilisi and the regions. Art Gene Group NGO โ€œUnion of Art Geneโ€, whose main aim is to promote Georgiaโ€™s traditional folk culture.

Folklore Centre on แƒคแƒแƒšแƒ™แƒšแƒแƒ แƒ˜แƒก แƒชแƒ”แƒœแƒขแƒ แƒ˜

Folklore Centre on Audiomack

Folk Center Hall แƒคแƒแƒšแƒ™แƒšแƒแƒ แƒ˜แƒก แƒชแƒ”แƒœแƒขแƒ แƒ˜แƒก แƒ“แƒแƒ แƒ‘แƒแƒ–แƒ˜ Performance & event venue, Tbilisi.

GeorgianChant.org a face book group devoted to Georgian Chant, a Resource for the Study of Georgian Liturgical Music.

Georgian Chant a website resource for the study and performance of Georgian Orthodox liturgical chant.

Georgian Harmony Association – UK acts as a publicity and umbrella organisation for Georgian singing events.

SeismoSoundScape-Lab

Computational Ethnomusicology

Multi-Media Recordings Of Traditional Georgian Vocal Music With Focus On Svaneti

There is much to explore from this website following the work of Scherbaum, F.  & N. Mzhavanadze, N.

Ts’utisopeli A project dedicated to the conservation and dissemination of songs from villages in Eastern Georgia. You are invited to explore over 70 musician profiles and 400 songs on this site.

State Museum of Georgian Folk Music and Musical Instruments

Resources: Female & Mixed Ensembles in Georgia

Bolnela แƒ‘แƒแƒšแƒœแƒ”แƒšแƒ

Gogochuri Sisters แƒ“แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜ แƒ’แƒแƒ’แƒแƒญแƒฃแƒ แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜

Iagundi Ansamble from Achara

Ialoni แƒ˜แƒแƒšแƒแƒœแƒ˜

Irinola แƒ˜แƒ แƒ˜แƒœแƒแƒšแƒ

Kimilia แƒ™แƒ˜แƒ›แƒ˜แƒšแƒ˜แƒ

Kolkhuri trio แƒ™แƒแƒšแƒฎแƒฃแƒ แƒ˜ แƒขแƒ แƒ˜แƒ

Melorama Quartet แƒ›แƒ”แƒšแƒแƒ แƒแƒ›แƒ

Mtiebi แƒ›แƒ—แƒ˜แƒ”แƒ‘แƒ˜

Mzetamze แƒ›แƒ–แƒ”แƒ—แƒแƒ›แƒ–แƒ”

Nanina แƒœแƒแƒœแƒ˜แƒœแƒ

Rekheuli Ensemble แƒ แƒ”แƒฎแƒ”แƒฃแƒšแƒ˜

Sathanao แƒกแƒแƒ—แƒแƒœแƒแƒ

Turtachela แƒแƒฎแƒแƒšแƒ’แƒแƒ–แƒ แƒ“แƒฃแƒšแƒ˜ แƒ’แƒฃแƒœแƒ“แƒ˜ แƒ—แƒฃแƒ—แƒแƒ แƒฉแƒ”แƒšแƒ

Zedashe แƒ–แƒ”แƒ“แƒแƒจแƒ”

Resources: Choirs UK

Maspindzeli แƒ›แƒแƒกแƒžแƒ˜แƒœแƒซแƒ”แƒšแƒ˜ based in Central London, UK.

Chela and Buska based in Cambridge, UK

Borjaghali แƒ‘แƒแƒ แƒฏแƒฆแƒแƒšแƒ˜ based in Bristol, UK

K’ak’ali ‘Walnuts’ based in Wales

Resources: Choirs France

TSITSINATELA Caen