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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 7th 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 2019

Peter Nasmyth's Georgian Calendar for 2019 with the theme "GEORGIA AND ITS TOWERS" is now available. It contains 12 beautiful pictures of the ancient defensive towers built in the Caucasus Mountain regions of Georgia.
To purchase please click HERE

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

MALKHAZ ERKVANIDZE is planning another UK workshop tour in February 2019.
Watch this space for further information.

SINGING HOLIDAYS IN GEORGIA 2019

Discover national music and culture of Georgia together with Nino Naneishvili and enseble "Ialoni"
27 APRIL - 6 MAY 2019 visiting Tbilisi-Samegrelo-Svaneti
Two different regions of Georgia, different landscapes and culture, different food and traditional songs. All together we can dive and discover and participate in the locals' life during our journey. Within the tour, our offer includes the trip with the girls' ensemble "Ialoni" and their leader, Nino Naneishvili to the capital of Georgia city Tbilisi and two miracule region West of Georgia - Samegrelo and Svaneti. During 10 days, you will get acquainted with the samples of the Georgian traditional music. You will be acquainted with local ethnophores, their everyday lives, their music, dances, rituals. You shall visit senior performers from these regions, the standing out singers, folk poets, dancers. Together with your hosts and hostesses, you will learn to prepare the local traditional dishes, you shall be able to feel the bliss of the mornings as well as that of the presence of "Ialoni". Have you ever dreamed to wake up with the beautiful Georgian songs? Here where your dream will come true! For further details please contact : Ninonaneishvili[at]gmail.com

THE POSTERS BELOW REFER TO 2018 HOLIDAYS. They are likely to be repeated in 2019 - watch this space for details or contact the organisers at the addresses given in the posters.

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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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