"Silver Sanctuary" - Zedashe

  • artist:Zedashe
  • featured artist:Zedashe
  • release year:2020
  • style(s):Choral, Polyphony
  • country:Georgia
  • formats:Audio File / Digital
  • record posted by:Pryor, Tom
  • label:Electric Cowbell
  • publisher:Ritmophonic Music
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Zedashe Ensemble is a polyphonic vocal choir and dance group based in the eastern medieval fortress city of Sighnaghi, Caucasus Georgia. It is one of the few mixed (male and female) choirs in Georgia that is led by women. Directed by Ketevan Mindorashvili, the ensemble was founded in the mid-1990’s to sing polyphonic chants, unique to Georgia, that were largely lost during the Communist era. The complex three-part melodies date back to pre-Christian times and comprise music sung for the Orthodox liturgical services. Zedashe’s repertoire also includes folk songs, instrumental melodies and accompanying dances, which were collected from old publications and learned from village song-masters from around the many diverse regions of the country. Zedashe's ninth album, Silver Sanctuary, features twenty-two tracks of varied folk songs, ballads, ancient chants and dance melodies representing twelve different regions of Georgia.