In December 2015, the Office of the State Minister for Diaspora Issues announced the competition – “The best performer of Georgian folk songs and Christmas carols” for our compatriots residing abroad. Competition serves for popularization of Georgian folk music.
6 individual performers and 30 musical teams, total of 172 performers participated in the competition. Among them, family musical groups and kid participants as well. Foreign friends of Georgia also participated; some of them professionals, others just Georgian folk music fans.
On February 10, the competition has ended. On same day the qualified jury gathered at the Office of the State Minister.
Jury members were:
Gia Chirakadze – a founder member of Georgian Voices
Malxaz Erqvanidze – bandmaster, folklorist
David Tsintsadze- head of ensemble “Shavnabada”
Maia Mikaberidze- head of ensemble “Sagalobeli”
Lida Kopaleishvili- Chief Specialist of Department for art and education, Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia.
In the first nomination – “Winner of the Social Network”, the Jury awarded 10 years old Levan Vanco, from the Kingdom of the Netherlands as an individual performer; and the team performers – Folk ensemble “Herula” from Hereti, Kakhi region, Republic of Azerbaijan.
Next meeting of jury was held on February 17-18. Folk ensemble “Marani” from Paris was awarded for “Professional and Authentic performance of Georgian folk songs and Christmas carols”. Ensemble was also awarded for the nomination-“Favorite of the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia” and they got a special prize from the Ministry. Tariel Vachadze is the head of ensemble and it unites Georgian, French, Japanese and American members.
“The best individual woman performer ” became Ms. Maia Sichinava from Burgos, Spain. “Best Band of Men” became the ensemble “Zekari”, from New York, USA presented by Mr. Davit Chkuaseli.
Georgian trio “Shemoqmedeba” from Düsseldorf, Germany was awarded for “The best performer of Christmas carols” presented by our compatriot Beka Peradze.
For “The Best musical team” was awarded Georgian folk and ecclesiastical music study group from Krakow, Poland presented by Mirian Khukhunaishvili.
Folk ensemble “Alilo” from Toronto,Canada presented by Diana Iremashvili, was awarded as “The Best Family Group”.
“The Best Children’s Group” became ensemble “Mixed Melody” from Dublin, Ireland presented by Zeinab Loptus-Nanobashvili.
Mr. Carl Linich from Poughkeepsie, NY, USA was nominated as “The best Individual Performer of Georgian Folk Music and Christmas carols”.
Ensemble “Zari” from Toronto, Canada presented by Shalva Makharashvili, became “The best Trio with Foreigner Performers”.
Rusudan Basaria from Lithuania was awarded for “Creative Approach”. She performed “Acharuli Gandagana”.
Children’s group “Sadaris” from Strasburg was nominated for “Successful Debut”. Georgian folk and ecclesiastical music study group was presented by Lali Sakvarelidze.
For the special nomination of jury – “Thanks for Keeping Georgian Roots” were awarded: Sabina Chanturia from Sweden; Brothers – Giorgi, Levan and Temuri Vancko from the Kingdom of the Netherlands; cultural center “Pesvebi” from New-York; children’s vocal ensemble (leader of the ensemble – Ivane Goderdzishvili), dance and song ensemble “Nergebi” of Georgian community in Stockholm, presented by Lela Kukhianidze; children’s folk ensemble of the Cultural and Educational Center “Caucasus” from Athens, Greece.
For the “Special Contribution for popularization Georgian Culture abroad” were awarded: ensemble “Herula”, “Akapela-Georgia” presented by Teimuraz Choladze, polyphonic music studio from the cultural and educational center “Caucasus” (Athens), “Qartuli Harmonia” presented by Nana Peradze (Paris), Georgian choristers group from St. Nicholas church Frankfurt, presented by Elizabeth Aqubardia.
For “Popularization and Special Interest in Georgian Folk Songs and Christmas Carols” were awarded: “Linich’ Trio”, ensemble “Sufruli”(USA) lead by Carl Linich; “Qalebi”(Los Angeles) by Linyi Sabolskie; “Kvali” by Petra Trobec; Anthony Johnston’s Bristol Georgian Folk Song group; and ensemble “Zari” by Shalva Makharashvili from Canada. Makharashvili family group was awarded with “The Jury’s Sympathy”. Eter Bochorishvili was awarded with diploma for participation in competition.
The Office of the State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues thanks all the participants for their interest and initiatives and wishes them Good Luck!