Georgian folk by Rustavi Ensemble

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The Rustavi Ensemble from Georgia will present a night of folk music Aug. 7 at the Shenzhen Concert Hall.

Founded in 1968 by Anzor Erkomaishvili, a singer and folklorist, the Rustavi Ensemble has successfully toured more than 50 countries.

Songs and dances for work and war, spectacular costumes, the unique Georgian style of polyphonic singing and rich voices characterize the Rustavi Ensemble. Their sacred hymns with their overlapping, continuously moving harmonies are spellbinding. The Rustavi Ensemble also performs high-quality, diverse traditional dances.

Erkomaishvili’s vision was to break through the ethnic boundaries of regional styles while performing ethnographically authentic music from all of Georgia. The Rustavi Ensemble’s performance style synthesizes the powerful, rough-hewn sound characteristic of the traditional regional folk choirs with a newer, cleaner, more finely honed aesthetic whose orientation is towards concert presentation — nowadays on an increasingly international scale.

While striving to preserve, and in some cases re-create, authentic voices and vocal timbres, the Rustavi Ensemble’s singers have simplified the complex scales used by earlier choirs in order to create firmer, more brilliant harmonies. The use of a smaller number of singers for certain songs has also helped to clarify their musical structure.

The Rustavi Ensemble received the UNESCO Pacha Prize in 2001 for safeguarding and promoting Georgian polyphonic singing in Georgia. In 1998, the group recorded the CD “Mirangula,” which has allowed for a wider appreciation of their music outside Georgia.

Time: 8 p.m., Aug. 7

Tickets: 80-480 yuan

Venue: Shenzhen Concert Hall, intersection of Hongli Road and Yitian Road, Futian District (福田区红荔路和益田路交汇处深圳音乐厅)

Metro: Longhua or Longgang Line, Children’s Palace Station (少年宫站), Exit D

(Source: SZ Daily)



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