Friday, June 08, 2012

"Sacred Music: Polyphonic Voices of Georgia"

Now Irene is talking about music from Georgia. Horky!

This recording of Georgian polyphonic singing by the Anchiskhati Choir was recorded in Tbilisi and put out by a division of Soul Jazz called World Audio Foundation. The choir seems to be all-male, and some of the voices are very powerful indeed. The music in this recording is sung for Orthodox religious services, although the polyphonic singing tradition has pre-Christian roots and indeed there is a large fund of secular songs that are still sung (we learned some at the Georgian singing workshop I was at a while back). The liturgical stuff done here is really beautiful, with the voices singing in surprising combinations of tones.

An inuit panda production

1 comment:

nwhyte said...

By odd coincidence, guess where I am today...