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The two volume collection “Anzor Erkomaishvili and Contemporary Trends in the Study of Traditional and Sacred Georgian Musicprovides a comprehensive review of the current state of, and new developments in, Georgian ethnomusicology, from raising the tourist industry for lovers of Georgian traditional music to the peculiarities of teaching Georgian traditional music to countless choirs around the world. It presents a tribute to Anzor Erkomaishvili, a pivotal figure in Georgian traditional music, the author of many widely known masterpieces of Georgian traditional and church-song repertoires. The steadily increasing popularity of Georgian traditional music, both among professional ethnomusicologists and lovers of choral singing, provides an urgent need for this volume.

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On September 26-30, 2022 Tbilisi State Conservatoire and the Folklore State Center of Georgia hosted the 11th   International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony at Tbilisi State Conservatoire.  The symposium was held under the patronage of the President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili and with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth of Georgia.

It has already been 20 years since the first symposium was held at Tbilisi State Conservatoire; and the international conferences that started in the 1980s have continued to exist under the name of International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony since 2002. Over the past years, more than 450 scholars from 38 countries, and about 250 folk ensembles have participated in the symposium.

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From September 26 to September 30, 2022 the Tbilisi State Conservatory and the Georgian State Folklore Center will be holding the 11th Symposium on Traditional Polyphony. The symposium will take place at the Tbilisi State Conservatory, under the patronage of the President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth.

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This bilingual collection was created by the UNESCO Participation Program within the framework of a project implemented by the International Research Center for Traditional Polyphony at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire.
The idea belongs to Teona Lomsadze, who studies the topic of traditional music revival in modern Georgian society. According to her, the intention of this project is to consider singing practices recognized by UNESCO across Europe, and use them as examples to show what role they played in the modern processes of women’s liberation. Practices wherein the repertoire of women occupies an important place – Bulgarian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Portuguese and Georgian – were selected. The collection includes articles by 13 women authors.

The collection was published within the framework of the UNESCO “Participation Programme”
(2020-2021). The project is co-financed by V. Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire.

Project Manager and Compiler: Teona Lomsadze
Project Coordinator: Nino Razmadze
Editor: Rusudan Tsurtsumia
Working on proofreading English texts: Lauren Ninoshvili, Brian Fairley

Translated by Marina Decristoforo, Marika Nadareishvili, Baia Zhuzhunadze, Nana
Designer: Sandro Chkhaidze
Sound Engineer: George Jolbordi

The publication was non-profit and it is available in electronic form.

Appendix and Audio material is available here.



26– 30 September, 2022, Tbilisi, Georgia

International Research Center for Traditional Polyphony of Vano Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire and the International Centre for Georgian Folk Song are pleased to announce that the scholars working on the problems of polyphony are invited to participate in the 11th International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony, on 26–30 September, 2022, in Tbilisi, Georgia.

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ქართული საეკლესიო მუს. ისტორია-გარეკანი (3)

Magda Sukhiashvili’s book “History of Georgian Church Music. Lectures” covers the issues of history and theory of Georgian art of chanting. Since neither a textbook nor a course on the history of Georgian church music has yet been published, the book is the first attempt to provide students with educational resources. It reflects almost two decades of pedagogical experience of the author.

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We are pleased to announce that the project “Research in Ethnomusicology: Thirty-Three Themes and Concepts” (author Bruno Nettl, Georgian translation) prepared by the International Research Center for Traditional Polyphony of Tbilisi State Conservatoire  received highest estimate and became the owner of the state scientific publishing grant of  Shota Rustaveli National Scientific Foundation of Georgia.

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IRCTP published #30 bulletin (June, 2021) which is available at the website and Facebook page of the center.

The bilingual bulletin of the IRCTP provides the information on the performance and study of traditional music, as well as presents novelties from Georgia’s ethnomusicological life.