Nana Mzhavanadze, as the many of us who have been delighted by her singing or attended her workshops already know, is an eminent ethnomusicologist from the Tbilisi Music Conservatoire with deep knowledge of Georgian polyphony. She was born in Western Georgia into one of Guria’s leading musical families, and grew up with polyphonic singing still a way of life. She is a member of the female Ensemble Sathanao who have researched and revived ancient chants, discovered in early 19th century transcriptions and on the edge of extinction.
Nana has taken her research further and this time will talk about the healing powers of polyphonic music that are being rediscovered in modern-day therapy and medical practice. She will describe, and illustrate, how Georgian polyphony played a traditional role in daily life as healing rituals to ensure the welfare of the individual, family and the village group. This is now seen as offering many lessons for us today.
Where: The Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ
When: Tuesday 24th February 2015 at 7.00pm
To reserve a place you must email firstname.lastname@example.org as places are limited.