Archive for the 'Georgian Music' Category

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, [...]


Saturday, December 27th, 2014

Iavnana (Georgian: იავნანა) is a genre of Georgian folk song, traditionally intended as a lullaby, but historically sung also as healing songs for the sick children. Some of the Iavnana lyrics are, however, of didactical or heroic character. The name of the genre comes from its refrain iavnana (or iavnaninao, nana naninao, etc.), which contains [...]

Грузинский национальный балет [Sukhishvilebis Gundi]

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Ансамбль народного танца, аналогичный коллективу Игоря Моисеева или «Березке», создали в Грузии известные танцовщики Илико Сухишвили и Нино Рамишвили. В знаменитой тифлисской балетной студии Перини, которую они окончили, занимался и Сулико Вирсаладзе, будущий главный художник Кировского театра, наставник и соавтор Юрия Григоровича. В 1945 году, сразу по окончании войны, Сухишвили и Рамишвили начали возрождать грузинский [...]

Salamuri (Georgian Folk Instruments)

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Salamuri is widespread wind musical instrument in all regions of Georgia (especially in Kartli, Kakheti, Meskheti, Tusheti, Pshavi, and Imereti). Relics obtained from archaeological excavations prove the existence of Salamuri in Georgia from the ancient times. Among the relics found by an archaeological expedition in Mtskheta (Eastern part of Georgia), one thing very interesting for [...]

Georgian Urban Musical Folklore

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Georgian urban musical art is an important part of national musical folklore. This artistically independent layer was born as a result of the synthesis of different cultural traditions and survived up to the 20 th century in two major branches – Eastern (one-voiced) and Western (multi-voiced) urban folklore. The interference of Eastern tunes in Georgia [...]

Joseph Jordania – Distribution of Vocal Polyphony among the World’s Musical Cultures

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

The University of Melbourne, AustraliaThis article is designed to give a reader general picture of the distribution of vocal polyphony in different regions of the world. Due to the large number of polyphonic cultures the reader will not find the specific details of different local polyphonic traditions here. Before the actual information about the distribution [...]


Friday, July 25th, 2014

A Trio (Alan Gasser, Stuart Gelzer, and Carl Linich) Performing Traditional Vocal Music from the Republic of Georgia. KAVKASIA (meaning “Caucasus”) consists of three Americans who together have more than forty years of experience singing the traditionalusic of Georgia. In 1994 we formed a professional vocal trio dedicated to studying and performing that music. In [...]


Monday, June 16th, 2014

Suliko (Georgian: სულიკო) is a Georgian female and male name meaning ‘soul’. It is also the title of a love poem written in 1895 by Akaki Tsereteli, which became widely known throughout the Soviet Union as a song performed with music composed by Varenka Tsereteli. In that form it was often performed on radio during [...]