The Raising of Lazare
One of our favorite recordings. Ensemble Zedashe, from Sighnaghi in the eastern region of Kakheti, strives to preserve authentic performances of Georgian polyphany, the life blood of their country. This album is rich, raw and haunting. Director Ketevan Mindorashvili writes:
“Like the prayer of a hermetic monk in a cave, the beauty of Sighnaghi tunes one’s life to the rhythm of a beating heart... The fog hovering above the Alazani Valley is like a foaming sea against the backdrop of the Caucus highlands covered in snow where it is difficult to decipher where the heights of the mountains end and the clouds of the sky begin, where earthly reality ends and where heavenly begins.”
Comes with color booklet rich with photographs to impart a flavor of modern traditional village life. Ensemble Zedashe’s director, Ketevan Mindorashvili, has led four Village Harmony singing workshops in eastern Georgia.