Georgia Camp – July 9 – 23, 2017 (14 days) – $1700/adults, $1375/youth
Date: July 9-23, 2017
Venue: Sighnaghi, Republic of Georgia
Leaders: Ketevan Mindorashvili, Zedashe Ensemble, Patty Cuyler
Price: $1700/adult, $1375/youth
THIS CAMP IS ALREADY FULL BUT YOU MAY SIGN UP ON THE WAITING LIST (WITH NO APPLICATION FEE); OFTEN SPACES DO OPEN UP .
We are hoping to make this and our other international camps more affordable for high school & college student participation by offering substantial youth discounts.
This will be Village Harmony’s 15th singing workshop in the Republic of Georgia, a small mountainous country about the size of West Virginia between the Black and Caspian Seas.
Georgia has what is arguably one of the world’s most ancient—and exciting—polyphonic singing traditions. Georgian polyphony has a dark, sonorous vocal quality, un-tempered intervals and striking harmonic convergences unlike anything in European music.
The two-week long residential camp will be based in Sighnaghi, Kakheti, a historic walled hill-town with a breathtaking view of the Alazani Valley and the Caucasus Mountains about 1-1/2 hours’ drive east of Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital.
Housing and rehearsals will take place in Village Harmony’s “own” retreat center—two lovingly-renovated 2-story houses on a side street near the historic center of town, amidst winding cobbled streets and hillsides flecked with persimmon, walnut, fig and pomegranate trees.
Participants will work on tuning, ornamentation and vocal projection under the instruction of Ensemble Zedashe director Ketevan Mindorashvili. Long-time Zedashe member Tamila Sulkhanishvili will teach the group a set of east Georgian Orthodox chants. And daily instruction in Georgian dance will be led by choreographer Vano Chincharauli. Instrumental instruction (panduri, chonguri, drum) will also be offered.
Village Harmony co-director Patty Cuyler will also teach the group a set of South African, American and Corsican songs to add variety to our concert program.
During the workshop there will be ample time each day to explore our host town, and we will also take a number of group outings throughout the region, visiting the ancient cave-dwellings of Davit Gareji and other historic and cultural sites—and likely to include a multi-day foray into the Khevsuretian or Tushetian highlands to meet with local singers and to see one of Georgia’s amazing mountain regions—with accompanying opportunity to hike and explore by horse-back.