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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 February 20th 2018.

“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 2018

If you still wish to purchase Peter Nasmyth's Georgian Calendar for 2018 with the theme "Tbilisi Interiors", please contact me as above before sending money.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Singing Ourselves: A Voice Workshop with Frank Kane

13-15 APRIL 2018: Shambhala London, Clapham Common

Frank Kane has developed a unique method for working with the voice that can have a powerful impact on everyone from first-time to experienced singers. His 30-year study of embodied resonance & vibration in Georgian traditional singing, along with his background in body work practices, have led him to a teaching approach that is kind, playful, transformative and insightful.

This workshop will include learning selected Georgian songs and exploring vocal exercises for the purpose of gaining a deeper and more enriching experience of our voices and ourselves.

"In my experience Frank is a perfect teacher - knowledgeable, experienced, supportive, imaginative, creative, sensitive, strong, inspiring, fun and kind! I have experienced and witnessed incredible transformations, in myself and others, of how the voice can be used - thanks to Frank's guidance." Eva, Past Participant, Singing Ourselves

All welcome. Please note Early Bird fee available until March 1st. For more details go to

https://shambhala.org.uk/program-details/?id=333541


SINGING HOLIDAYS IN GEORGIA 2018

Here are details of 3 singing holidays in Georgia in 2018.

Please note that Joyous Host are repeating the SAME holiday as on the poster below from JULY 14th - JULY 29th 2018 (note this clashes with the Call of the Singing Village tour so you have a choice) :

All details the same except for dates. For further information about both the Joyous Host holidays please go to:

www.joyoushost.ge

or contact the organisers at the addresses on the poster below.

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CURRENT NEWS

It is my sad duty to inform you that David Tugwell, musical director of the Torola and Skotebi Georgian choirs in Edinburgh, died on April 11th 2017. David was an immensely talented musician as well as a warm friend to all who knew him. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends, members of his choirs and all those who love Georgian singing.

However 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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