Zedashe Ensemble brings Georgian music to campus

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:30 am

GRINNELL, IA—The Zedashe Ensemble from the Republic of Georgia will present a concert of traditional music on Tues., Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Sebring-Lewis Hall of the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts on the Grinnell College campus.

The ensemble’s repertoire includes ancient three-part harmony chants from the Orthodox Christian liturgy, folk songs from village song-masters, and folk dances from their home region, accompanied by lute, drum, bagpipe, and accordion.

Grinnell student Claire Griffith is managing the ensemble’s tour in the U.S., which includes stops in Chicago, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Griffith, a third-year political science student from Vermont, became interested in the ensemble during a gap year prior to becoming a Grinnell student when she organized an audio archive of the group’s field recordings.

Tickets are required for this free public performance and may be obtained at the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts box office, beginning Thurs., Sept. 23, noon to 5 p.m. Limited tickets are also available from the Pioneer Bookshop in downtown Grinnell. A related lecture on “Breaking Loose: Georgia after Empire,” led by Ron Suny, professor of social and political history at the University of Michigan, will be held on Mon., Sept. 27 at 4:15 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center. The Zedashe Ensemble will also give an informal performance in that same location at 7:30 p.m. that evening.

The ensemble’s appearance at Grinnell is co-sponsored by the Public Events Committee, the Center for International Studies, the Department of Music, and the Russian and Eastern European Studies concentration. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. If accommodations are needed, please contact the event’s sponsoring organization as soon as possible to make a request. For ticket questions, call 641-269-3101 or go to http://www.grinnell.edu/car/confops/publicevents/.

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