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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Iveria: Georgian liturgical and folk music ensemble in Boston, U.S.

Iveria - a group of men who sing Georgian liturgical and folk music. The group was originally formed as an offshoot of the Yale Russian Chorus in 1985, when a few members decided to further pursue the music of the Republic of Georgia. We are based in the greater Boston area, and have a sister group based in New York state, the Kartuli Ensemble. (Free stream music downloads)

Acharuli Theme Remix

Unique Georgian Music Heritage: Traditional Polyphony of Georgia:

Traditional Polyphony of Georgia: Great contribution of Georgia into the world musical culture!
Georgia, a country at the boundary of Europe and Asia, created distinctive musical culture during the three thousand-year history. The Georgians' great contribution into the world culture is Georgian polyphonic folk singing and chanting in the Orthodox church. Three-voiced song has been the tradition of Georgian musical thinking since ancient times.

Later on Georgian polyphonic music attracted attention of the world's famous musicians and scholars.

This interest grew stronger at the end of the 1900s. The series of international scientific-practical conferences of 1984, 1986, 1988, 1998 and 2000 held in Georgia were crowned by the First International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony in 2002.

The idea to establish the International Center of Polyphony was born on these Scientific forums. By the support of UNESCO and world's renowned ethnomusicologists the Research Center on Traditional Polyphony was founded at Tbilisi State Conservatoire. This page provides information on the Center.

The Kartuli Ensemble (Georgian songs and music) in U.S.

The Kartuli Ensemble is a not-for-profit organization devoted to the folk song and dance of the country of Georgia. At present it consists of a loose conglomeration of men's choruses scattered across the US and elsewhere that occasionally come together for concerts. Direct link

Darbazi: Georgian songs ensamble in Toronto, Canada

Founded in 1995, Darbazi is a Toronto-based ensemble that focuses exclusively on performing traditional music from the Caucasus Georgia, a mountainous country at the crossroads of Europe and Asia.

With repertoire ranging from sacred chants to exuberant drinking songs, Darbazi seeks to broaden the awareness of Georgia’s heritage for abundant food and wine, hospitable spirit, and polyphonic songs. Over the years, the choir – made up of three women and eight men, two of whom are from Georgia – has striven for a deeper understanding of this unique music.

Through cultural exchanges and travel, the members have had a chance to work with legendary Georgian singers and experience the profundity of Georgian hospitality. This in turn has translated into Darbazi’s authentic voice for the richly varied musical traditions of Georgia’s many distinctive regions, bringing themselves and their audiences great meaning and joy.

Darbazi has performed in and around Ontario, at Toronto's Fete de la Musique and First Night events, at Montreal's World Music Festival, at Festival 500 in St. John's, Newfoundland and in New York City. Attending the Third International Symposium on Georgian Polyphony in Tbilisi in October 2006 was a highpoint for Darbazi.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Georgian pop music collection

Largest Georgian Music collection in the Internet - most of the featured songs are in popular music genre, from old pop "classical" singers like Vahtang Kikabidze to modern, reached peak of their popularity in recent years. Direct link.

Georgian streaming TV online: Rustavi2, Imedi, GPB

Georgian Internet stream TV: watch online Georgian main news programs, Rustavi2 - Courier; Georgian Public TV - Moambe; Imedi Tv - Qronika. Direct link.