|Map taken from Lonely Planet web page|
|Inside de Gelati Monastery Chruch|
To the east at one-two days trip you can find the Bodbe Convent near the nice small town of Sighnaghi and the interesting Davit Gareja complex of old monasteries near the Azerbaijan border in the beautiful desertic and remote place. Near Telavi you can visit the Alavardi cathedral and the Gremi citadel.
To the north in one day trip you can visit Ananuri church, Geregeti Semeba Monastery, Gori with the Uplistsikhe caves.
|Gerati Semeba Monastery|
|Inside of the Museum. Azari instruments|
Near the entrance of the museum there is a small shop of musical instruments, in which there are several used instruments on display and very few instruments for selling, such panduries and salamuries. The seller doesn’t speak English.
|Mr. Islam Pilpani|
|Islam &Vekhatang Pilpani, with a changi|
|Dancing class with Archil Murgvliani|
|Vekhatang Pilpani & Blog author|
MUSIC OF GEORGIA
|Singeres in a wedding in Motsameta Monastery|
Polyphonic Vocal Singing. It is very charactherisc of Georgia. Male choirs may use two, three of four part singing polyphonies depending on the region with different styles. The most common is the three part form: top, middle and bass voices. The bass voice use to be the chorus, the middle voice is the soloist part and the top use to be the second voice. It is characteristic the improvisation and competitive spirit. Polyphonic songs are used in working, drinking and wedding events. They are also used in masquerade performances, rituals laments or religious celebrations. There are also liturgical and funeral polyphonic songs. Vocal polyphonic songs may be sang acappella or accompanied by the pander. In Samaria may by also accompanied by the change and circle dances. Lullabies are mainly sang by a single woman accompanied by the chonguri. In Georgia you can easily found by chance a vocal choir singing in a church, in a wedding o around a table.
Pan Records other albums such as the female singer Lela Tatarasidze, Jangui Morning fog, 1999 and The Golden Fleece. Songs from Abkhazia & Adzharia, 1994
Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan. Lonely Planet
Page of the Ensemble Adile and the choirmaster and musical instruments maker Maizer Gazdeliani. They have released two albums.
An article of Nanana Shilakadze about polyphony and the chonguri.´
|Musician with a panduri|
|Mr.L.Bregvadze, Blogg author, Mr.M.Gazdeliani|
|Mr. Vekhatang Pilpani and Blogg author|