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The Zedashe Ensemble in Concert
St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral
Minneapolis, MN
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The Zedashe Ensemble in Concert
From the Republic of Georgia, the Zedashe Ensembles kicks off its 2015 U.S. Tour in the Twin Cities with a series of concerts and workshops. They open Wednesday night, September 9, at St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral with a concert of unaccompanied sacred music. Haunting harmonies and intricate melodies transport you through 1500 years of musical tradition of this small country on the Black Sea. The acoustics of St. Mary's Cathedral make this concert especially awe-inspiring.

Other concerts and workshops include a full gala concert of music and dance on Saturday, September 12 at Hamline University; a concert of folk music and dance at the Cedar on Monday, September 14; a dance workshop at Tapestry Folkdance Center on Friday, Sept. 11; and a choral workshop on Saturday, Sept. 12, at St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral. For more information about this concert and other events with Zedashe in the Twin Cities, visit, or

THE ZEDASHE ENSEMBLE is based in the medieval fortress city of Sighnaghi, Eastern Georgia, which has been home to the Kiziqian wine growers and warriors since ancient times. Directed by Ketevan Mindorashvili, the current incarnation of the ensemble was founded in the mid 1990s to sing repertoire largely lost during the Communist era. Their repertoire consists of ancient three-part harmony chants from the Orthodox Christian liturgy, folk songs from the Kiziqian region as collected from village song-masters and old publications, and folk dances from the region. In addition to the collection and preservation of songs, Zedashe is also dedicated to documenting the context in which the songs were traditionally sung and maintaining the threads which bound song and dance to every-day life.

The group's name is taken from the special earthenware jugs  zedashes  that were buried under the family home for the purpose of making wine. The wine made in zedashes was especially for the veneration of ancestors and the tapping of the zedashe every year carried great ritual significance.

Besides numerous appearances throughout the Republic of Georgia, Zedashe has toured internationally with appearances at major festivals and Universities in the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Lithunia and the US.  In additional to their performances Zedashe often holds day to weeklong workshops, connecting with other vocal choirs or simply working those interested in their culture.  In Georgia, they are also known for the school, which teaches their tradition and in 2013 saw the debut of the children's choir on the album "Intangible Pearls."

The 2015 U.S. Tour includes performances at the Landmark Festival of World Music in Cedar Rapids, IA; the Chicago World Music Festival; the Lotus World Music Festival in Bloomington, IN; Yale University; the Gypsy Fest in New York City; and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Their 7th CD will be released for the tour.


St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral (View)
1701 5th St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
United States


Music > Choral
Music > Global
Music > World

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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