We are happy to inform that one of the top bands of female voices of Caucasus - Gordela (Georgia) will join us for this year edition of One Caucasus. For the first time they will perform together with Psio Crew (Poland).
TSU Gordela” is a Georgian folk group formed in 2007 at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. The leader of the ensemble is Vladimer (Tamaz) Mamaladze. “TSU Gordela” performs polyphonic folk songs as a cappella and by an accompaniment of the instruments as well.
The members play the oldest Georgian folk instruments, such as – String instruments: panduri, chonguri, chuniri, lyre (changi) Woodwinds-pipe (salamuri), chiboni, larchemi; percussion instruments – drum, tambourine and garmon. Despite the existence of short time period, the ensemble became popular very quickly. The ensemble is a laureate of many music festivals; all this shows the high professionalism of the members.
Gordela participated in first edition of One Caucasus (2014). Together with Pako Sarr - Warsaw-based musician from Senegal (now also One Caucasus music director) - they created one of the best and unforgettable music projects of One Caucasus 2014.
Unique combination of amazing female voices of Georgia and the sounds of traditional Caucasian instruments is the invitation to discover real spirit of Georgian folk and to enjoy one of the best shows of traditional music in Caucasus.
Just recently Gordela celebrated their 10 years in music. Through these years the band earned love of their fans in Georgia and abroad (only recently traveling for tournee to France). With roots in traditions of Georgian music - Gordela continues to amaze their fans with new great compositions and music interpretations, their virtuosity and passion.
So do not miss the new fantastic music project from Gordela and Psio Crew.
Join us at One Caucasus Opening Night on 24th of August and stay with us in Tserakvi - the international center for creating new music initiatives.
Like a graceful river that both complements and continually redefines its landscape, the music of the Vishup Ensemble meanders through vast, storied swaths of Armenian history, at turns surging and gliding into domains that range from myth, lyric poetry, and metaphysics to gleeful ditties and the ploughman’s song.
Vishup was founded in Armenia by flutist, vocalist, and guitarist Arik Grigorian from famous Armenian band "The Bambir" in 2015 when Arik Grigoryan started to work with drummer Eduard Harutyunyan, Hayk Karapetyan and was called "Arik Bambir Project" at first. Then the project moved to Los Angeles in 2016 and new members joined the band, including vocalist and pianist Areni Agbabian, cellist Artyom Manukyan and drummer Vardan Duvendjian. Then it came back to Armenia and other musicians, including Levon Arakelyan, Christin Yeghiazaryan and Amalia Hakobyan joined the group.
It is our honor to announce that world-famous Natig Rhythm Group will perform @ One Caucasus Festival 2017. The greatest nagara player to emerge from the Caucasus, Natig Shirinov has revolutionized nagara percussion technique to become Azerbaijan's first rhythm composer, touring the world as part of Alim Qasimov's ensemble from 1999 to 2007, now with the Natig Rhythm Group bringing his creative energy with award winning performances and innovative compositions.
During One Caucasus 2017 Natig Rhythm Group (In an extended, 10-person band!) will be working with musicians from other countries and other genres. So beside the one of the greatest shows of live music of Caucasus we will have another premieres of the new international music projects!
Natig with Natig Rhythm Group was awarded the Grand Prix Award at the Geumsan World Percussion Performance Art Festival in 2011. In 2012 and 2014 Natig performed and gave master classes at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
We are proud to announce first of the headliners of One Caucasus Festival 2017: the leading Polish band that merge folk of Polish mountains with contemporary sound and great energy: Psio Crew!
During One Caucasus 2017 Psio Crew will be working with musicians from Caucasus and beyond. This new international music project will have its premiere at the opening night of One Caucasus (Thursday, 24th of August 2017)!
The origins of Psio Crew reach as far as year 2004 in Bielsko – Biała, Poland. The pioneer fusion of traditional melodies with elements of drum and bass, trip hop and dub moved the music scene among the country and abroad, making the joint of original mountain singing with beat box the recognizable characteristic of the band. It is great news for fans of deeply folk rooted eclectic music – after few years of absence – Psio Crew is back!
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Our experience with Transkaukazja, ArtZona and One Caucasus proved that making concerts of great musicians is good but it is much better to create space for professional musicians coming from different countries, cultures & genres to work together. Some of such projects we collected on the music album "Caucasus+. Collection vol.#1: Georgia+" (amazing results of the meetings of the musicians from Georgia with musicians from Poland, Senegal, Jamaica among others). The album will be available during One Caucasus Festival at the venue.
If you want to join inspiring music adventure and work with some of the best musicians from Caucasus and other regions of the world - take part in our call.
This year we have something special for you. Selected musicians who will take part in call and create most inspiring international music collaborations during One Caucasus in Georgia - will be invited to Warsaw, Poland for the International Festival Transkaukazja 2017 in the end of September (organizers will cover all costs related with the trip to Poland and assist selected musicians with their travel to Poland).
This is the Call for Activists; Animators; Architects; Artists; Campaigners; Cartoonists; Carpenters; Cooks; Craftsmen; Designers; Doctors; Educators; Filmmakers; Journalists; Photographers; Students of Architecture, Journalism and other relevant directions; Video Editors; Practitioners of Social Sciences, PR & Media; and others.
One Caucasus is the international program and festival made by people for people. It is definitely neither the biggest nor the most expensive event. As the international team we are based in a local public school in Tserakvi and we face many problems that small villages of Caucasus do.