This practical workbook for singers of Georgian songs in the West was the inspiration of the renowned and much loved ethnomusicologist, Edisher Garakanidze.
A second, revised edition that includes new songs was launched at the Giving Voice Festival in April 2015 and is available in the CPR Bookshop. Funds to cover the cost of printing the new edition were raised via Crowdfunder.
Read the updated preface about CPR’s involvement in Georgian Singing and the emotional history of how the book came to be published: 99 Georgian Songs – Preface
A new website is also in development – www.99georgiansongs.org
The CPR is developing this site to act as an online forum where singing enthusiasts can discuss and share notes, knowledge and experience of the songs in this book and of Georgian song in general. As the introduction makes clear, this is not an academic work but a user friendly book for singers.
However we would value any accessible contributions from ethnomusicologists and Georgian language experts. Let us know about your individual and choir experiences of discovering and learning Georgian songs, taking part in workshops and visits to Georgia. Share photographs and videos and tell us about any special connection with singing particular songs or difficulties experienced. If you can contribute extra words and their translations, the words in Georgian script, a different collected version of a song: these would be extremely useful for more advanced singers.
We would also appreciate any updates or additions to the information on Georgian folk singing groups and our discography of recordings in an authentic style.
99 Georgian Songs Teaching CD : By Mills, Joan and Bright Field
Harmony parts and example verses from ten of the songs in the book performed by Bright Field, an informal, singing group formed to sing a cappella songs both new and traditional available in the CPR Bookshop. The CD is a teaching aid. It is aimed at those who have probably had some experience of learning some Georgian songs and may want to check their part, learn a different part, or practise outside choir rehearsal times. It aims to be a help also to those who want to learn these songs and do not read music.