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Welcome to the Georgian Harmony Association website! This organisation has been promoting Georgian folk music events since 1998.

This site was last updated on November 17th 2016.

“When we as Georgians open our mouths to sing, our eyes are already searching for other voices to join. Within our music- making, the separation, loneliness and isolation of our complex modern day existence has no place. Only our love belongs here. Through this cherished vein, we Georgians carry all that we hold dear. The bloodline of our ancestors. The heartbeat of our nation. The secrets of our immortality. It will be my honour to share our songs with you.”

Nana Mzhavanadze

CONTACT INFORMATION

For all enquiries please email Michael Bloom at : info[at]georgianharmony.org.uk or tel. 01235 536563

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GEORGIAN CALENDAR 2017

Peter Nasmyth's Georgian Calendar for 2017 with the theme "Georgia's Mountain Architecture" is now available. To purchase please click here.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Workshop Tours by Malkhaz Erkvanidze

Malkhaz Erkvanidze now has a 2-year UK visa and will be making a number of visits to this country during that period. Details of his workshops will be advertised here when they are available. The next tour will be in January 2017. Born in the central mountainous region of Imereti, Malkhaz grew up singing folk music in his family and with the legendary master-singer Benia Mikadze. On graduation from the Tbilisi State Conservatory in 1988, Malkhaz formed a revolutionary folk ensemble Anchiskhati dedicated to promoting nearly-forgotten polyphonic folk and chant traditions of pre-Communist Georgia. Malkhaz is currently director of the Sakhioba Ensemble and adviser to the Georgian Patriarchate on church music. He has been to the UK several times before and teaches aurally so no music reading ability is required.

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CURRENT NEWS

I am pleased to be able to inform you that, following the sad death of Gigi Garakanidze in 2012 at the tragically early age of 30, his choir MTIEBI and youth choir AMER-IMERI are still going strong and developing new material, led by his wife Magda (Kevlishvili) and other choir members. His father Edisher was one of the first teachers to bring Georgian singing to this country, and it was he who introduced many of the songs we now sing. Tragically, Edisher died in a road accident in Georgia in 1998 together with his wife Nino and daughter Marika. Gigi was the only survivor but was badly injured, and this may well have contributed to his early death. After recovering in 1999 he re-formed Mtiebi with members of Edisher's youth choir Amer-Imeri as well as some of the older members of the original choir, and put into effect Edisher's vision of a folk theatre with songs sung in the context of the scenarios in which they are used in Georgia. Gigi came to the UK several times, both with Mtiebi and alone, and some of you may have seen their excellent performances or attended one of his workshops. Gigi and Magda's son Ilia was born on Christmas Day, December 25th, 2011. He is doing well and already seems to have inherited the family's musical talent.

Gigi had not only a deep knowledge of Georgian song but a gentle and open spirit. He will be greatly missed both personally and for his great contribution to Georgian singing in Georgia and abroad. Here is a picture of Gigi and Magda taken when my wife Eliso and I visited them in September 2011, shortly before Ilia was born.

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(The GEORGIAN HARMONY ASSOCIATION was started by Michael Bloom in 1998, following Edisher Garakanidze's tragic death. This website is dedicated to Edisher's memory.)


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