Georgian Chant: Ensemble Sakhioba
Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Columbia University, Morningside Campus, International Affairs Building, Harriman Atrium (12th Floor)
Please join the Georgian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, and the Barnard Slavic Department for a concert by Ensemble Sakhioba. A lecture will begin at 7:30 and the concert will follow at 8:00. Sakhioba, a 12-strong all-male ensemble, will be stopping at the Harriman Institute as part of a U.S. tour, sharing their love of the musical tradition they were born into. Performing both church and folk music, instrumentals and traditional dances, they present a rare opportunity to experience an ancient tradition. The word 'sakhioba' means 'sweet singing,' either with instruments or voices. The Sakhioba ensemble is committed to the revival of traditional Georgian music, paying special attention to the intonation, timbre and arrangements of the remaining masters of traditional singing. Director Malkhaz Erkvanidze is a world authority on Georgian polyphonic music. He has spent his professional life rescuing church hymns and prayers suppressed under Soviet communism. His six books of Georgian hymns have been published with CDs and he has written many articles about the distinctive musical structure of Georgian polyphony. Nestled below the Caucasus Mountain range, Georgia possesses the oldest pre-Christian polyphonic musical tradition in the world, one of unusual and striking harmonies that transport us to a different time. It is emotional music - not sentimental or sad, but able to arouse the raw power that lies dormant in all of us. This event is free and open to the public. No tickets, no reservations required. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Sponsored by the Georgian Studies Program of the Harriman Institute, Columbia University and the Barnard Slavic Department.