Workshop-Masterclass on Georgian Traditional Music

WhenApril 10, 2013 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
WhereInternational House, Home Room
Contact InformationCenter for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES)
DescriptionWorkshop-Masterclass on Georgian Traditional Music
John A. Graham (Princeton University)

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The country of Georgia is renowned for its striking vocal polyphony. Featuring a unique tuning system, unusual harmonies, and advanced vocal improvisation, this ancient three-part vocal tradition remains part of daily life in the mountain valleys of the Caucasus. Teachers John A. Graham and Ekaterine Diasamidze bring this music to life with songs and stories that are accessible to all audiences. Please read more about the program below.

John A. Graham is a Ph.D. candidate in the Musicology Department at Princeton University. His work focuses on the oral transmission of Georgian liturgical chant, and the large number of transcriptions collected at the end of the nineteenth century. A dynamic teacher, John combines his choral directing experience with a strong love for Georgian music to create interactive and informative workshop learning environments. The joy of singing Georgian music is infectious in John's well-paced workshops, as a centuries old singing tradition comes to sound.

Ekaterine Diasamidze is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthrolopology at the Javakhishvili State University in Tbilisi, Georgia. She did her undergraduate work in folklore and theory at the Tbilisi Conservatory, and completed a Master's Degree at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Sacred Music and Musicology. She has performed with numerous choirs, and has directed a Georgian sacred music ensemble, and a folk trio in Georgian folk music.

This event is part of CEERES' Connecting with the Caucasus Speaker Series. For more events in this series visit

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.

This workshop is also sponsored by International House and WHPK (88.5fm).
CategoriesLectures, Workshops, Arts
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