Ensemble Adilei

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm
group photo of adilei singers

CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Room S010 (Tsai Auditorium)

Join us for a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by a concert at 7:30 p.m.

Ensemble Adilei performs traditional Georgian polyphonic songs and chants, although their main passion lies in the songs from the province of Guria in Western Georgia (though other regions are also represented in their repertoire). Gurian music is sometimes compared to jazz, because of the emphasis on improvisation, and non-parallel movement in all the voice parts. Gurian song is also characterized by k'rimanch'uli , a yodeling technique often present in the upper voice. For the members of Adilei singing is the primary mode of communication with the world: it is more of a lifestyle than a performance practice and is not just relegated to official concerts. They sing every time they gather, wherever that may be.

The ensemble has toured in a number of European countries, and participated in several notable folk music festivals, including the International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony in Tbilisi, the Mare e Miniere festival in Sardinia, and the Zlatne Uste Golden Festival in New York. This is Adilei’s second US tour, and they are delighted to share their music with you! 

Free and open to the public with registration

Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

For more information, please call 617-495-4037.