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Georgian Polyphony – Intangible cultural heritage of humanity

Popular singing has a highly valued place in Georgian...

Malkhaz Erkvanidze

The director & the inspirer of the project

A teacher at the Georgian Folk Music Department of Tbilisi State Conservatoire and theological Seminary.  Leads one of the work-shops at the High School of Georgian Chant and Song, Founder. Was the leader (1988-2007) of Anchiskhati Church Choir. Graduated from the faculty of musicology of Tbilisi State Conservatoire (specialized in folklore, 1990). His scholarly interest is focused on the revival of lesser known Georgian folk songs and ancient church chants and on the maintenance of the correct form of their performance manner. He directs folk ensemble Sakhioba and Mama Daviti Church choir. Has published about 25  CDs with different ensembles (Anchiskhati Choir, Dzveli kiloebi, Mama Daviti church choir, Sakhioba); participates in field expeditions, leads consultations for the performers of Georgian songs and chants in Georgia and abroad. Has published 9 collections of Georgian church hymn transcriptions.  His researchs are also dedicated to Georgian scale and nature of Georgian polyphony.