12/07/2022 22:00

Tartu St John's Church

Noah’s Blade
March 11, 2022
Festival Orient presents: Supra
May 9, 2022

Festival Orient presents:
Tue, July 12th at 10 pm St John’s church, Tartu
Vocal ensemble Iberi (Georgia)

In ancient times, the country of Georgia was called Iberia; the vocal ensemble IBERI honors its homeland’s historic traditions in song. These are songs so beautiful; they were launched into space on Voyager 2’s golden record and declared an intangible cultural treasure by UNESCO.

IBERI sings work songs, carols, hymns, historical ballads, and a host of treasures from the pre-Christian era with gripping intensity and virtuosity. Clad in their trademark black coats and boots, the musicians’ iconic brand of polyphonic singing features blocks of unconventional improvised harmonies with wild stratospheric falsetto tones floating above sepulchral bass notes. Drama, ecstasy, and tenderness are at the core of every note IIBERI sings. Apart from singing IBERI incorporates elements of dance and traditional instruments into its concerts. The choir has extrovert, open hearted and cheerful stage presence, communicating with audience and involving them into singing.

Much like skilled jazz players, Iberi are passionate about an often-forgotten traditional approach to improvisation as a way to uncover new aspects and colors in well-loved pieces. In Georgian traditional singing, there is a lot of space and possibility to improvise. Iberi often creates their own interpretation of songs by mixing diverse versions and adding their own touch.

Since their debut in 2012 IBERI has performed at significant festivals, like WOMEX, globalFEST and numerous venues around the world from USA till Australia spreading their unique culture and vocal tradition. In April 2022 Iberi has released their new album SUPRA dedicated to famous Georgian feast tradition.

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