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The Zedashe Ensemble in Concert
Sundin Music Hall - Hamline University
Saint Paul, MN
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The Zedashe Ensemble in Concert
From the Republic of Georgia, the Zedashe Ensembles presents a concert of traditional Georgian music featuring the ancient, powerful, and unexpected harmonies unique to this small country. Accompanied by traditional Georgian instruments and virtuosic dancers, the nine-person ensemble will transport you from the crags of the Caucasus Mountains in Svaneti to the shores of the Black Sea in Adjara to the vineyards of Kakheti. Their songs reflect a range of rituals, from grape harvesting to the teaching of martial arts, to hymns from the Georgian Orthodox service.

Part of Zedashe's 2015 U.S. tour, other concerts and workshops in the Twin Cities include a concert of sacred music on Wednesday, September 9 at St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral in NE Minneapolis; 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 Zedashe Ensemble also sings repertoire from other regions in Georgia, particularly the high North-Eastern mountain province of Svanetia, where time seems to stand still and the traditional, non-tempered tunings of the old Georgians remain alive in current practice. Folk song genres include field-songs, love songs, historical ballads, war dance songs, and ritual circle dances, and are accompanied by the chunir (Svan lute), panduri (Kiziq lute), chonguri (Gurian lute), doli (drum), chiboni (goat-skin bagpipes), and accordion.

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.


Sundin Music Hall - Hamline University (View)
1531 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104
United States


Arts > Dance
Music > Global
Music > World

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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