Entrancing Georgian Polyphony

Ensemble Marani - Polyphonies de Géorgie
Ensemble Marani – Polyphonies de Géorgie

Ensemble Marani – Polyphonies de Géorgie (Buda Musique, 2016)

Polyphonies de Géorgie is the new album by the Franco-Georgian men’s choir The Marani Ensemble. The choir, based in Paris is dedicated to Georgian polyphony, one of the most fascinating vocal traditions in the world.

Georgian music has fascinated travelers for centuries. The style features high, middle and bass voices with melodies that provide captivating interplay.
The Marani Ensemble includes vocalists from the nation of Georgia as well as French singers. The ensemble was founded in 1993 and the repertoire include traditional folk songs as well as sacred chants.

The ensemble’s current artistic director is Tariel Vatchadzé, who plays panduri (three-string plucked lute) and chuniri (bowed instrument). The vocalists are: Boris Herzbojn, Davit Kveselava, Sergi Kveselava, Bertrand Lambolez, Nicolas Leguet, Bernard Odot, Craig Schaffer, Laurent Stephan, Irakli Sulukhia, and Pierluigi Tomasi. Giorgi Davitashvili plays doli (drum).

The CD booklet comes with liner notes in English, French and Georgian.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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