NEWS: Seasonal songs in Caucasian harmony - a year in Georgian song London Saturday 14 March

Maspindzeli, the London Georgian Choir, will perform a concert of Georgian song in London on Saturday, 14 March 2009 at 7.30pm.

From the myriad of Georgian folk music, Maspindzeli present a concert of sacred and secular songs from the Caucasus. Trailing the seasons from the green shoots of spring, through summer's solstice, the autumn harvest and winter wassailing, this performance will evoke the ancient sounds of Georgia.

Performed in three parts, representing the trinity, Maspindzeli create a rich, full polyphonic sound. Sometimes accompanied by the chonguri, a four stringed lyre from Mingrelia, this vibrant chorus produce an aural sound to spine-tingling effect, creating a sensational experience for the listener.

The Choir

Maspindzeli, the London Georgian Choir, is devoted to singing songs from the ancient polyphonic tradition of Georgia, in particular, the Caucasus. Their performances share an ancient tradition of earthy rural vocal sounds, creating an infectious response from their listeners. They perform regularly in London and Cambridge, and have been invited to perform at festivals in Europe, in particular, Georgia.

The song

Georgian folk song is an ancient living tradition. The Georgian vocal scale is based on a cycle of fifths rather than the western eighths. There are considerable regional differences in singing styles, and some songs, particularly from the Caucasus mountains in the north, are known to date from pre-Christian times.

In Concert
Maspindzeli (Georgian Choir):
Seasonal songs in Caucasian harmony - a year in Georgian song.
Saturday 14 March 2009 7.30pm

Venue: St Saviour's Church, Eton Road, London NW3 4SU (Nearest underground Chalk Farm, Buses 31 & C11)

Tickets: On the door only: £10 (full) - £6 concessions

Doors open 7.00 pm Information: 020 8422 8158

Raising funds for refugee relief in Georgia.