Voices of the Ancestors – Introductory ‘shorts’

ა – Trailer – A brief introduction to the podcast – 2.52

ბ – Prelude – How ‘Voices of the Ancestors’ came into being – 12.33

Photo of  Voices of the Ancestors podcast hosts -Holly with back kitten and Susan with Georgian flag.
Your podcast hosts – Holly and Susan click for Press Kit

Episodes released in 2020

1 – Connection and Isolation – singing through Covid-19 lockdown. Guest – Jen Morris, USA, founder and director of Seattle’s Georgian choir onefourfive. With music from Ialoni, Sakioba, Zoé Perret, Zedashe and Mtiebi.

2 – Shepherds and Bear Prints with Jenny Barrett – ever wondered what the difference between a city song and folk song is? Or how songs vary through the different regions of Georgia? Jenny, is a singer with choirs Maspindzeli and Chela in the UK. She takes you on a whistle-stop tour of Georgian singing, while telling tales of traveling in Tusheti and Svaneti and hosting Gigi Garakanidze in the UK.  With music by Ialoni, Mtiebi, Kimilia, Maspindzeli, the Chamgeliani sisters and Levan Bitarovi, Sakhioba and Mzetamze.

3 – Healing Songs and Circle Dances with Nino Naneishvili – “It’s one of the most valuable feelings, when your ancestor, your old generation hears his own songs. And when you perform it in your variation, improvisation and when they are happy. It’s I think the biggest gift a performer can feel.”
Nino Naneishvili, ethnomusicologist and musical director of women’s ensemble Ialoni (ialoni.com/en/) tells us how she collected a healing song from a tiger and adapted it into her own style.
Music used: Rachuli batonebi by Shalva Aslanishvili, collected in 1950. Go to https://www.alazani.ge/base/shalva_aslanishvili/Aslanishvilis_koleqcia_-_Batonebo_Racha.mp3
Rachuli batonebi by Ialoni
Ia Patonepi by Vepkhia Antia (recorded by Nino Razmadze)
Ia Patonepi by Ialoni

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4 – Living and Singing in Georgia with Zoé Perret

Singer, instrumentalist and teacher Zoé Perret talks about finding a ‘common soul’ between Georgian polyphony and medieval French music.

How did french singer Zoé become so entwined with Georgian songs?
“So for the first couple of years, I think, I was listening only exclusively to old Georgian folk songs. And you know, even though you are not born in the country, I think, if you listen to it constantly, then you, in the end, kind of get the feeling that there is something that sounds natural or not natural”

Music used:
Kimilia, Zoé Perret and Polikarpe Khubulava field recording, Ialoni

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Live Recording

5 – Reflecting Back and Looking Forward

Voices of the Ancestors first ever live episode was recorded on zoom. We were joined by two of our past guests, Jen Morris and Nino Naneishvili, as well as some of our community of listeners. We take New Year as an opportunity to reflect on the highlights and lowlights of 2020, what and who we are grateful for, and what we are looking forward to in 2021. Everyone came up with suggestions for attracting sponsors to create a sustainable podcast. So many ideas bubbling up from our pool of creative and clever listeners. We all had fun fantasising about dream guests for the podcast.

Music used: Tamar Buadze’s Young Tutarchela Choir, Turtachela, Sakhioba and Ialoni

Episodes Released in 2021

6 – Christmas and New Year with Magda Kevlishvili

Magda, leader of Amer-Imeri children’s ensemble and co-leader of ensemble Mtiebi, tells us about the ancient tradition of Alilo, which was revived by her father-in-law, Edisher Garakanidze.

Music used: Ialoni, Mtiebi and Kimilia

7Joan Mills on the Continuum of Theatre and Song

What was the first Georgian song taught in the UK, and how did it come about?
How can Georgian songs be used in theatre and ensemble training?
And just how many songs are in the book 99 Georgian songs?

Joan Mills, Voice Director at Centre for Performance Research, talks about tending the flame of living traditions – influenced by her recent interview of Sam Lee and reflections on Sheila Chandra’s music ‘Weaving My Ancestors Voices’. She speaks of ‘Points of Contact’ a concept that inspired many ‘Giving Voice’ Festivals. Our wide ranging conversation covers: experimental voice practitioners; approaches to educating both actors and singers; her ‘legacy’ bringing the book 99 Georgian Songs to life with the help of Joseph Jordania after the untimely death of its originator – Edisher Garakandize. She sees the Continuum as being “like a bridge, but also like a wheel”.

Music used:
Ialoni : Sabodisho (Batonebo);
Mtiebi : Shen Khar Venakhi;
Sakhioba : Khorumi;
Mzetamze : Zruni;

Books mentioned:
99 Georgian Songs
The Georgian Feast by Dara Goldstein

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