|When||April 09, 2013 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM|
|Where||Franke Institute for the Humanities|
|Contact Information||Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES)|
|Description||A lecture by John Graham (Princeton University) |
In 1966, just one year before he would die at the age of eighty, Artem Erkomaishvili recorded 108 polyphonic chants of the Georgian Orthodox liturgy. He did so at the invitation of the well-known Tbilisi Conservatory professor, Kakhi Rosebashvili, who used cassette-tape playback technology to record him singing all three voice parts. At the time, he admitted knowing 2500 chants by heart, with the assistance of his notebook of texts. But no other singers were available to take part in the historic recording session as Erkomaishvili was the last one alive who knew the intricacies of this semi-improvised, complex repertory. When he died in 1967, many secrets of his vast knowledge, passed down for centuries through oral transmission, vanished with him.
In an effort to recreate the precepts that guided the transmission and practice of chant in the oral tradition, this presentation offers critical perspectives on the corpus of priceless sources from Erkomaishvili's archive, including the 1966 recordings, rare video footage and photographs, and samples from his personal journal of chant texts. His life and work are presented in the broader context of the decline of Georgian ecclesiastical arts in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the suppression of traditional chant performance in the early decades of Bolshevik rule. Little known until recently, the modern resurgence of the Orthodox Church and traditional chant has lionized his life achievement as the most recent greatest living master.
This lecture is part of CEERES' Connecting with the Caucasus Speaker Series. For more information visit ceeres.uchicago.edu/caucasus
Growing out of the tradition of more than four decades of scholarship and conferences on the Caucasus at the University of Chicago, CEERES will host a speaker series entitled Connecting with the Caucasus during the 2012-13 academic year. We hope to build on the results of our highly successful 2007 conference “The Caucasus: Directions and Disciplines" which outlined the critical agendas that orient regional studies and achieved a high level of inter-disciplinary cross fertilization. This series will bring together both younger and senior scholars from a variety of fields (Linguistics, History, Politics, Anthropology and Sociology, Literature/Music/Art) to revisit the histories, analyze the contemporary situations, and encourage the creation of new knowledge with regard to an area of considerable humanistic, social scientific, and strategic significance. The speaker series will set the stage for a follow-up to the 2007 conference in winter 2014.
CEERES' Connecting with the Caucasus speaker series is cosponsored by the Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Center for International Studies' Norman Wait Harris Fund, and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
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