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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 30th 2020.

“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 2021

Peter Nasmyth's Georgian calendars for 2021 are now on their way to the UK and I should receive them in the week of December 7th 2020. I am now ready to take orders to be despatched as soon as they are available. This is the first ever National Trust of Georgia calendar and £4 from each calendar will go to help save historic buildings and countryside in Georgia. The Trust's website is here:

http://www.nationaltrustofgeorgia.org.ge/

The images show the beautiful architecture and landscape of Georgia with page titles like 'Saving a Historic House,' 'Worth Saving' and 'What Lies Beneath.' Unfortunately the Covid situation has led to increased shipping costs from Georgia so I regret that the basic price per calendar is £7 this year. Including first-class postage and packing within the UK, prices are:

1 Calendar : £9
2 Calendars sent together : £16-50
3 Calendars sent together : £24
4 Calendars sent together : £31-50
5 Calendars sent together : £39

For larger quantities and overseas orders (including Republic of Ireland) please contact : info[at]georgianharmony.org.uk
for the price.

Please order by Paypal, Cheque, or BACS transfer as follows:

1. By PayPal to Michael Bloom at this email address : michaelfbloom[at]yahoo.co.uk
Please specify that the transaction is personal and not business.
Please also send an email order to info[at]georgianharmony.org.uk with your postal address.

2. By cheque payable to "Michael Bloom" sent with your postal address to :-

Michael Bloom
36, Withington Court
ABINGDON
Oxon.
OX14 3QB

Tel.: 01235 536563

3. By BACS transfer. Please email : info[at]georgianharmony.org.uk for bank details, which will be sent individually.
When you have sent the remittance, please send an email to : info[at]georgianharmony.org.uk with your order and postal address.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Georgian singing together in physical space has sadly been on hold for the past few months, but that hasn't stopped a flourishing of online activity.

MUST-SEE ONLINE CONCERT FROM THE TBILISI SYMPOSIUM

The biennial Symposium on Polyphony went online this year and a member of the Melbourne Georgian Choir in Australia, Roger King, had the brilliant idea of creating an online concert from videos of choirs around the world. It is beautifully and imaginatively created and well worth spending an hour watching. The pandemic even spawned three new online choirs: Coronas Kvartetti, Zoomis Sopeli (village) and Nino Naneishvili's online workshop group. You can find the concert here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HDyzR9pO64

ONLINE SINGING WORKSHOPS WITH NINO NANEISHVILI

During the coronavirus period the Georgian singing teacher and choir leader Nino Naneishvili is leading a series of online themed Georgian singing workshops using ZOOM on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 3 pm Georgian time which is 11 am. GMT (UTC). Each workshop lasts 2 hours and costs $10, except for workshops with other teachers which are $18. Here are the dates and subjects for November 2020:

31 October-1 November: Megrelian and Gurian music with local performers
7-8 November: Kakhetian folk music
14-15 November: Tushetian music with local performers
21-22 November: Imeretian music from archive recordings
28-29 November: Lechkhumian and Svanian music

*** Nino's dates and subjects are now also on her website. You can find details here :

https://ialoni.com/show/georgian-singing-zoom-workshops-with-nino-naneishvili-local-performers/

Nino is also offering small group meetings for more experienced participants or ensemble members who want to try more improvised songs or just learn faster in a trio (3 participants). These meetings will be on Friday evenings at 5 and at 6 pm Georgian time (2 and 3 pm BST). The duration of each trio meeting will be 45 minutes and the price is $15.

For sending money Nino asks you to use transferwise. com. Please contact Nino for further information and her bank account details. When you have sent her the fee she will send the ZOOM link address. Her email is : ninonaneishvili[at]gmail.com. Nino has been to the UK several times for workshop tours and has brought her choir IALONI over for a concert tour. For further details and to hear performance examples please go to : http://ialoni.com/en/home/

I hope you enjoy these workshops, which will keep Georgian singing going at this difficult time as well as providing support for Nino and her choir.


SINGING HOLIDAYS IN GEORGIA 2020

Due to coronavirus the singing holidays planned for 2020 were cancelled but it is hoped the programme can resume in 2021. Details will be posted here when available.

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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 going strong and developing new material, led by his wife Magda (Kevlishvili) and other choir members. Gigi's 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 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.)