Archive for the 'Folk' Category

Buki (Georgian Folk Instruments)

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

Buki is a kind of wind instrument that represents a long brass pipe. It originally comes from the north-west part of Georgia, the region of Svaneti. Inside the funnel-shaped part of pipe, up to first part it is inserted wooden stem, (trunk), and in the second part of pipe it is inserted copper trunk. Length [...]


Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Iveria are 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 [...]

Trio Zari

Sunday, February 24th, 2019

Zari is a new and exciting trio of singers/ instrumentalists who specialize in the music of the Georgian Republic. In early 2003 Shalva Makharashvili, Andrea Kuzmich, and Reid Robins, members of Toronto’s 12 voice Georgian choir, DARBAZI, joined forces to concentrate their efforts on the exquisite harmony and complex polyphony of this ancient music. By [...]

Tsintsila (Georgian Folk Instruments)

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

Tsintsila is an ancient Georgian percussion instrument that represents a couple of oval plates with handholds. During archeological excavations in a sepulchre near the territory of castle (“Modinakhe”) a couple of plates (i.e. “Tsintsila”) were found with other relics. The sepulchre is thought to date back to the IV century A.D. The similar instruments were [...]

Music of Georgia

Friday, December 28th, 2018

Folk music Georgian folk music possesses what is the oldest tradition of polyphonic music in the world, predating the introduction of Christianity. Tuning Scales used in traditional Georgian music have, like most European scales, octaves divided into seven tones (eight including the octave), but the spacing of the tones is different. As with most traditional [...]

Alan Gasser

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Alan Gasser grew up in Ohio, singing in an Anabaptist church, where his father was a song leader. He studied voice at the College of Wooster (Bachelor of Music), Choral Conducting at the University of Minnesota (Master of Music), music criticism at McMaster University (Master of Arts in Music Criticism) and then worked as tenor [...]

Nino Chkheidze / Нино Чхеидзе / ნინო ჩხეიძე

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Нино Чхеидзе pодилась в 1981 году, 6 января в Тбилиси. Окончила музыкальную школу, одновременно занималась вокалом в Тбилисском дворце пионеров. Позже стала серьезно заниматься пением и училась исполнительскому искусству у лучших мастеров вокала. Замужем, имеет дочь – Мариам. Жизненное кредо – профессионализм, ответственность, честность. Считает, что по жизни нужно идти с улыбкой и сеять только [...]

Georgian Polyphonia

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Georgia has a unique tradition of polyphonic choral singing. Georgian traditional polyphony (music consisting of two or more related melodic lines) is not the result of any effort to create arrangements for the concert stage. On the contrary, it is the result of a creative process believed to have sprouted naturally and autonomously from the [...]

Tsiko-tsiko (Georgian Folk Instruments)

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Tsiko-tsiko came to Georgia from Europe in the 1830s. Tsiko-Tsiko mainly accompanies dances. Tsiko-tsiko as well as Garmoni became popular among folk musicians. Tsiko-Tsiko mainly accompanies dances. Only women play on it.

Traditional vocal polyphony

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Georgian folk music is predominantly vocal and is widely known for its rich traditions of vocal polyphony. It is widely accepted in contemporary musicology that polyphony in Georgian music predates the introduction of Christianity in Georgia (beginning of the 4th century AD). All regional styles of Georgian music have traditions of vocal a cappella polyphony, [...]