THE EMANUEL SWEDENBORG CENTER
For Worship and Study
The Other Georgia
On tour from Boston, David Gillman, Joel Sindelar and Jim Desmond are
The Other Georgia - a virtuoso vocal trio
specializing in folk music from the country of Georgia, in the Caucasus
mountains of Eastern Europe. At once both accessible and mysterious, The
Other Georgia brings the unusual harmonies of these secluded mountains to
life with heart and voice.
Ranging from the haunting to the frenetic, this ancient polyphony has been
passed from father to son for at least a thousand years before being
notated, recorded and otherwise available to singers outside of the country.
Originating at the sacred wine toasting feasts of the villages and in the
frescoed caves of the monasteries in one of Europe's seven oldest
civilizations, this rich musical tradition has instantly mesmerized lovers
of close harmony worldwide.
The Other Georgia has performed all over New England, and is making its
first visit to Washington, DC. Past performances include: the New England
Folk Festival; the Summer Revels in Boston, MA; Balkan Night in Concord, MA;
the Golden Festival in Manhattan; the Eurasian Music and Dance Festival in
Glen Spey, NY.
Appearing with local Georgian ensemble Niavi
-- which means ‘breeze’ in the Georgian language -- founded in
the Washington, DC area in 2009, made up of singers from around the metro
area, many of whom have lived or worked in the republic of Georgia. Inspired
by and hoping to honor Georgian vocal traditions, Niavi sings in Georgian
and other regional languages, and provides translations for English-speaking
audiences. Niavi performs songs from many of Georgia’s regions (Kartli,
Kakheti, Svaneti, Imereti, Guria, Adjara, Tusheti) and music from several
other area ethnic groups, including a growing Mengrelian and Laz repertoire.
Niavi also sings selected sacred vocal pieces that are regularly performed
by folklore ensembles, and make up part of the broader tapestry and of
Georgian polyphonic music.