I'm in the process of organizing all the recorded tracks from this summer. It's quite a task, as we did multiple takes of each song, and didn't delete anything from our raw files hard drive. Although we've done rough edits of each song to share with the singers, we're hoping that an editing professional will mix each track. To do this (and to get these songs published through the International Center for Georgian Folk Song, along with translation and explanation for each son), we'll need to apply for funding from private philanthropists, foundations, and NGO's. I anticipate this being a long process, but in the meantime am working on learning and teaching some of the songs we recorded this summer.
There will be a concert at Brown this Sunday that will feature a few of the songs we recorded. I'll be singing with Rosalie Elkinton, '11.5, who also spent the summer in The Republic of Georgia, as well as several other singers from the East Coast who have studied this music in Georgia and the U.S. I can't promise we'll sound nearly as powerful as the members of Ensemble Riho, but it might give you some idea of the variety of music in the country. We'll also be singing music from the eastern part of Georgia, Kakheti, and the western part, Guria. You can hear samples of all these types of songs in my earlier sound posts. We've received some funding from the Dean of the College, the Music Department, and the Office of Student Life to bring singers here this weekend, but there will also be a suggested donation at the door to cover some of their costs.
Details of the concert:
Sunday, November 7th
Grant Recital Hall, Brown University