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 glad to present you another part of our Festival program of musicians and bands which will perform on One Caucasus town's Sound Zone!
Another Great News! Masala Soundsystem (Poland) - the real masters of mixing various music styles and music cultures will join One Caucasus 2017. But it will be not only their first appearance in Caucasus - but also worldwide premiere of joint music project by Masala Soundsystem and Natig Rhythm Group of Azerbaijan.
Masala Soundsystem is a musical entity from Warsaw (Poland) with 15 years of musical activity and 10 released albums under its belt. It combines traditional instruments (hurdy-gurdy, jew-harp, sarangi, saz...) and vocal techniques (throat singing) from various parts of the world, with modern drum loops, deep bass and socially conscious street poetry - serving it all with significant pinch of punk energy:
We are honored to introduce you one of the main starts and infinite talanted musicians of One Caucasus Festival: Pako Sarr !
Pako Sarr (Soweto Youth Boys, ARRA, Pako Sarr Band) is an acclaimed artist from Senegal, who is currently residing in Poland.
This year it would be his 5th anniversary with One Caucasus Festival.This talented musician, composer and producer is known for his distinctive voice and excellent guitar technique. He sings in Wolof, English and French. His music connects African roots with western influences. He's active on the World Music scene, expressing himself in genres like afro, reggae, soul and rock. During various music and art events he performed with different Georgian bands such as 33A, Chveneburebi, Gordela and Zumbaland.
We are introducing you the last nice performer from the headliners of One Caucasus Festival: Marbey !
''Marbey'' is a well known jazz music band in Armenia. It plays songs of own composition as well as covers on pieces of Armenian composers. With leading jazz musicians of Armenia “Marbey” had concerts in US, Russia, Georgia, Belarus, Europe and UAE. Besides, the band actively takes part in various festivals, such as "Zolotoy Shlyager“ (Belarus), "Yerevan of the 70s sings“, "Jazz Fest“ (Armenia) and many other.
The frontwoman of ''Marbey'' is Marina Hakobyan. She was nominated as the best jazz singer in several Armenian jazz competitions (2012, 2014 in ''Van'', 2014 - ''Dream'' music awards) and for a''Lady Jazz'' award in the International Jazz competition "Big Sky 2016“ ( Moscow). Since 2016 Marina Hakobyan is the face of Armenian fashion brand “Petoor”.
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.
We are thrilled to inform you that one of the most inspiring of new music projects rooted in folk from Armenia - Vishup Ensemble - will perform at One Caucasus Festival 2017!
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.
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.