a trio performing
traditional vocal music
from the Republic of Georgia
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"O Morning Breeze": expanded liner notes, full lyrics translations, and many photos
what's up with Georgian tuning?
"Caucasus") consists of three North Americans who together have more
than sixty years of experience singing the traditional music of the
Republic of Georgia. In 1994
we formed a professional vocal trio dedicated to studying and
that music. In the years since then, we have performed everywhere from
Lincoln Center to the Tbilisi Opera House.
We sing concerts and lead workshops in North America, and we have made several extended visits to Georgia to study with singers there, both in professional ensembles and in remote villages. In 1997 each of us was made a State Prize Laureate and was awarded the Silver Medal of the Georgian Ministry of Culture "for profound knowledge of the folk music of Georgia and his role in its popularization around the world."
with Anzor Erkomaishvili in Tbilisi at the 2002
International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony
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Fox and the Lion
Here's a brief review of The Fox and the Lion by ethnomusicologist Ted Levin in BBC Music Magazine (September 2007):
"Trio Kavkasia exuberantly quashes
the myth that world music traditions are most authentically represented
by indigenous musicians. This threesome hails from North America, but
here they render Georgian vocal polyphony's often weird-sounding
harmonies and scale tunings with precision and panache. Recorded in a
Benedictine monastery in New York, the music sounds lush and resonant,
revealing the Trio's nimble counterpoint, angular voice-leading, and
strident chord tunings in all their dissonant glory. (★★★★)"
Read more REVIEWS of The Fox and the Lion.
(2001, Naxos World)
Click on the album cover image to see expanded liner notes for this album, full lyrics translations, and many photos.
of the Caucasus
(1995, Well-Tempered World)
(This album also exists as a reissue entitled "Songs of Earthly Delight From the Caucasus," with different cover artwork.)
|Check back for upcoming events.
|February 2011: four concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area with the women's vocal ensemble Kitka in their series Caucasian Connections.|
|October 2008: two concerts in Toronto with the Toronto Consort as part of the Consort's MARCO
September 2008: a workshop and a concert at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.
January 2007: three concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area with the women's vocal ensemble Kitka.
January 2007: two concerts in Toronto.
October 2006: two workshops and two concerts in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
|What the critics have said about Kavkasia|
being interviewed on Georgian television
after our 1995 Tbilisi concert
|New York Times|
|Now Magazine||"... as riveting as any world beat act."|
|Weekend Edition, NPR||"This music is hundreds of years old, its origins deep in the Caucasus Mountains, harmonious and throaty."|
|Toronto Globe and Mail||"... superb blend and tuning... outstanding, both as an introduction to a rich musical tradition and as an example of highly accomplished a cappella singing."|
|Metro Morning, CBC||"This music vibrates up your body, and by the time it gets to the back of your neck, the little hairs on the back of your neck are standing up. It's quite wonderful."|
||"... their performances are entirely convincing, and they’ve all sung with choirs in Georgia... Magnificent."|
||"... three eloquent voices and Georgian instruments (also played by the singers) blend exquisitely in unusual tunings and thrilling harmonic modulations."|
||"... the music sounds lush and resonant, revealing the Trio’s nimble counterpoint, angular voice-leading, and strident chord tunings in all their dissonant glory."|
to see several complete reviews of our third album, The Fox and the Lion.