How do I find sad-sounding Georgian folk songs?
December 3, 2012 4:29 PM Subscribe
I am looking for sad-sounding (to my Western ear) polyphonic Georgian folk songs. Where should I be looking, and for what, exactly?
posted by knile to media & arts (5 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I visited Tbilisi, Georgia this spring. While at a traditional restaurant with some American friends who've lived there, I heard some of the loveliest singing I've ever heard. About a dozen 20-somethings sat around a large table. It wasn't clear if it was a birthday party or a special occasion. Mostly it seemed like a pleasant evening out among a bunch of friends. One man had a guitar, and everybody sang together. My hosts knew enough to tell me that these were fairly standard Georgian folk songs, but couldn't tell me any titles. The music had me nearly in tears, it was just so touching. My notes at the time read "barbershop harmonies with 50s doo-wop love ballads". The singing wasn't quiet. It filled the restaurant, and the house band that was there stopped when this group started. Every now & then, they played together. I mostly remember these songs as sounding profoundly sad. It's unlikely I'll find, now, exactly the song I heard then. (Now I wish I'd taken a video!) I'll happily take anything that seems remotely close.
Yes, I've poked around on Youtube a bit, but I don't know any Georgian (the language) or Georgians (the people) to guide me. I've also seen this post