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In 2018 with the financial support of the Georgian Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport  International Research Centre for Traditional Polyphony of Tbilisi State Conservatoire published the book “Kist Traditional Music” (in Georgia, Kist and English)

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On 30 October-3 November, 2018 Tbilisi State Conservatoire hosted the 9th International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony held by the Conservatoire, The International Centre for Georgian Folk Song, and Folklore State Centre of Georgia with the financial support of Georgia Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, under the patronage of President of Georgia.

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In 2018 with the financial support of the Georgian Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, and “Georgian Chanting Foundation” International Research Centre for Traditional Polyphony of Tbilisi State Conservatoire published the book “Georgian Polyphony in Western Turkey: In the footsteps of Peter Gold” (in Georgia, Turkish, English and German); the book was published by WPN Polish Publishers specially for Frankfurt Book Fair.

Tbilisi State Conservatoire (TSC), which is a centre for researching traditional polyphony in Georgia, has been studying for several years already musical culture of the Georgians living in Turkey, particularly musical traditions of the village Hayriye, Inegol district.

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In 2018 with the financial support of the Georgian Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, and “Georgian Chanting Foundation” International Research Centre for Traditional Polyphony of Tbilisi State Conservatoire published the book “Grimaud and Georgian Song” (in Georgia and English); the book was published by WPN Polish Publishers specially for Frankfurt Book Fair.

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International Research Center for Traditional Polyphony together with representatives of ESEM has already started working on the English book of Proceedings of the ESEM-2017 to be published in 2018.

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On September 5-9, the 33rd European Seminar in Ethnomusicology took place in Tbilisi, Georgia. The conference was hosted by the International Research Center for Traditional Polyphony at Tbilisi State Conservatoire, which is very experienced in holding International Symposia on Traditional Polyphony since 2002.

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International Research Center for Traditional Polyphony has already started working on the bilingual book of Proceedings of the 8th symposium to be published in 2018. The editors of the publication are Doctor of Arts Rusudan Tsurtsumia and Prof. Joseph Jordania. The collection reflects current state of polyphony research worldwide and Georgian scholars’ searches in the study of native polyphonic song-chant.

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Renowned French ethnomusicologist Yvette Grimaud was first Western scholar who came to Georgia to record Georgian folk songs after a long correspondence with Prof.  Grigol Chkhikvadze. Together with Chkhikvadze she visited almost all parts of Georgia and recorded about 400 examples. In 2008 ethnomusicologist Nino Razmadze and a French lady Zoe Peret, living and working in Tbilisi, contacted Prof. Grimaud.  Following the negotiations Prof. Grimaud expressed her consent to deliver all the audio material recorded in Georgia in 1967 supplied with verbal texts and her scientific research in French, for publication.

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In 2014 the International Research Centre for Traditional Polyphony of Tbilisi state Conservatoire and Berlin Phonogramm-archiv realized joint project “Echoes from the Patst: Georgian Prisoners’ Songs Recorded on Wax Cylinders in Germany 1916-1918”. Involved in the project were the employees of both institutions: Nino Nakashidze, Nino ,akharadze, Maia Kachkachishvili, Carsten Neubert,Albrecht Wiedmann, Emily Schalk; editors of the publication Prof. Rusudan Tsurtaumia and Prof. Susanne Ziegler.

The publication consists of a book and two CDs. The book tells about the historical preconditions of recording sessions, history, importance of the project for Georgian culture and work process. As for the audio material, CD 1 comprises 65 out of the 90 audio examples preserved at the Ethnological Museum, national Museums in Berlin – Prussian Heritage, CD 2 comprises original written documents on the 84 examples the description of which existed at the sound archive of Humboldt University.



The International Research Center for Traditional Polyphony of Tbilisi State Conservatoire published an English language collection of ethnomusicological works “Echoes from Georgia: Seventeen Arguments on Georgian Polyphony” in 2010. the project was realized with the support of Nova Science Publishers (USA), with the participation of Mr. Frank Columbus (President of the Publishing House) and Mrs. Nadya Gotsiridze – Columbus (Vice President), for this Georgian ethnomusicologists are grateful to them.

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