The stellar Ensemble Basiani…exquisitely rendered…hauntingly beautiful.

The New York Times

Early Music
Ensemble Basiani

No other sound on earth is quite like the rich, haunting, otherworldly sonorities of Georgia's ancient vocal polyphony. The men of Ensemble Basiani are masters of the art form, cultural ambassadors who celebrate and honor the religious hymns, monastic chants, epic ballads, and folk songs of their Eastern European homeland. Returning to Berkeley, the choristers share their cultural riches in a performance of stirring power and supreme musicality. As director Zurab Tskrialashvili has remarked: "This is our jazz, our classic music. Georgian harmony is unique in the world…one of the best things Georgians have created."


Related Events

Pop-up Performance
Fri, Nov 15, 2019, 3pm
Upper Sproul Plaza, UC Berkeley
Ensemble Basiani will present a short, free “WhimsiCAL” taste of their traditional Georgian music at Ludwig’s Fountain on Upper Sproul Plaza.

Pre-performance Talk
Fri, Nov 15, 2019, 7pm
First Congregational Church Berkeley
With Ensemble Basiani director Zurab Tskrialashvili and Prof. Maria Sonevytsky, ethnomusicologist in the UC Berkeley Dept. of Music. Free to ticket holders.

Major support for public programs provided by Bank of America.

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Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]