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Choral Workshop: Zedashe Ensemble
St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral
Minneapolis, MN
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Choral Workshop: Zedashe Ensemble
Prepare to be blown away by the powerful, haunting harmonies of Georgian vocal music! Always in 3 parts, voices weave in and out in dissonance and independence, creating unexpected and unfamiliar harmonies, but ending in unison or an open fifth. Learn about the history of Georgian music while members of Zedashe teach you songs from this little-known country.

Part of a week-long series of events kicking off their 2015 U.S. Tour, the Zedashe Ensemble hosts this workshop, a dance workshop, and 3 concerts. Learn more about the concerts at or

This workshop may be combined in a ticket package with one or more concerts. See concert information (Wed., Sept. 9 or Sat., Sept. 12) to purchase the package.

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.

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."

Their 2015 U.S. Tour includes performances at World Music Festivals in Cedar Rapids, Madison, Chicago, Bloomington (IN), New York, and Washington, D.C.


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


Music > Choral
Music > Global
Music > World

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


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