Fine food, Ancient music, beautiful snow-capped Caucasus Mountains and valleys – these words translates into one country, Georgia. All those who have paid a visit to this eclectic land and those who are planning to, cherish the beauty, the hospitality and the fine music of Georgia that is unrivalled.
Georgian music is considered unique with its distinct polyphony, choral and folk songs. The polyphonic music has been preserved from ancient times until today, well handed over and practiced through generations.
Every region of Georgia has its own traditional and distinctive musical interpretation. These variations, like the varied regions of the country with different landscapes and beauty, share the intonation and harmony characteristics. They are showing the undivided cultural and traditional values that consolidate these varied regions into one country – Georgia.
Stars of Georgia brings to Doha some of the top performers of the country’s rich musical expressions and artistic forms, ranging from the unique traditional polyphonic a capella chant to popular urban songs from across Georgia and romances reflecting the spirit of Tbilisi where manners and customs, languages and creeds, arts and crafts have been molded over the centuries into a pluralistic urban culture. As Georgia celebrates this year its 25th anniversary of restituting statehood and independence, the musical soiree gives a glimpse into the breadth and depth of the sounds of Georgia, reflecting its exciting history at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
Be ready to embark on a tour of an enchanting world of the ancient and always modern capital Tbilisi, the magnificent Caucasus mountains, the green valleys and beautiful Black Sea.
Let me introduce you to the stars that will shine on this magical evening of 12th November at Katara Opera Theater.
Nani Bregvadze is the grand lady of songs and a living icon highly regarded in Georgia and beyond for her stage presence and nuanced renditions of popular songs and city romances. Born in Tbilisi in 1936 as one of five sisters, she grew up in a family of artists. Sharing her parents’ enthusiasm of music, she attended music school in Tbilisi before being discovered in 1957 at the 6th World Festival of Youth and Students, after which she studied singing and piano at the Tbilisi State Conservatory. Torn between becoming a concert pianist or a singer, her artistic career got a decisive push by Bruno Coquatrix of the Olympia music hall in Paris who introduced her to an international audience. Touring the world until 1980 with the Georgian vocal ensemble Orera, Nani Bregvadze became the voice of Georgia par excellence, spreading the melodious genres of city romances epitomizing Tbilisi as well as traditional Georgian folk songs.
Eka Mamaladze is an artist in a class of her own. Growing up in music with her mother Nani Bregvadze, she attended the Tbilisi Music School for Talented Children and graduated in piano at the Tbilisi State Conservatory in 1983. She then began a creative cooperation with the famous Georgian conductor and composer Jansug Kakhidze with whom she recorded many songs for films, a trademark art form in Georgia. These soundtracks are part of Georgians’ collective memory and considered jewels of popular music. In the 1980s Eka Mamaladze began to sing with Gogi Dolidze, the soloist of the Georgian Voices ensemble, and in the 1990s she took part in the project “In the beginning was a song…”, a series of concerts arranged by Jansug Kakhidze and the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra, bringing together the stars of Georgian popular music. Her broad repertoire includes masterful renditions of works by the renowned Georgian composer Giorgi Chubinishvili.
David Mazanashvili began to play piano when he was four years old. At age ten, he participated in the competition of young composers and was recognized as city laureate. His musical learning spans various genres from classical to jazz piano with compositions of his own being an inseparable part. His career led him to New York in 1999 and back to Georgia, where he together with Gia Salagishvili and Nodar Ekvtimishvili formed the Georgian Jazz Trio that has since had many notable performances in Georgia, the region and the wider world. David Mazanashvili has played and acted with leading musicians like Roy Ayers, Janis Harrington, Tanya Maria, Billy Cobham, Derek James, Garry Swarts and many others, including last but not least Georgia’s own Nani Bregvadze.
Building on Georgia’s unique polyphonic musical heritage dating back to medieval times, the Georgian Voices ensemble was formed in 1979. Performing in Georgia and since 1991 increasingly all over the world, the choir has developed a rich repertoire of traditional popular music, both profane and sacred. Whenever possible, Georgian Voices perform in natural acoustics environment like chamber music halls and churches, as these transmit the full sound of the authentic singing technique. Innovating with contemporary musical expressions, Georgian Voices have also performed with the likes of Bobby McFerrin, Katie Melua, Take 6, Sting and other musicians.
Catch these wonderful stars performing at the Katara Opera Theatre, Building # 16, on 12th November at 7pm. A wonderful evening made possible by The Embassy of Georgia to Qatar in cooperation with Doha Bank and Katara Cultural Village.
Music has no language or barriers…. It is enjoyed by all… it travels beyond its origin, far and wide to foreign lands and homes…