World Music Festival: Iberi Choir
Friday, September 22 at 8:00pm
Concert Hall 800 W Belden Ave
DePaul School of Music is once again proud to be a part of the 19th Annual World Music Festival Chicago. The city-wide, multi-venue, eleven-day festival is presented by the City of Chicago and produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
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About the Iberi Choir
Hailing from Georgia’s capital city of Tbilisi, the Iberi Choir is a distinguished advocate of one of the world’s greatest polyphonic vocal traditions. The practice stretches back centuries, and it’s generally considered to have predated the introduction of Christianity in the region, even if the sound sometimes seems liturgical in nature.
The ensemble was founded in 2012 by Buba Murghulia, a singer in storied Georgian troupes like the State Ensemble for Song and Dance and Kapela, as well as the experimental rock band the Shin. Its 11 members survey a wide variety of traditions, deftly combining a quiet theatricality and amusing vocal acrobatics. The dominant sound of the group focuses on breathtaking harmonies, as one, two, or three vocalists deliver soaring melodic leads while the rest of the group sing lushly striated drones or contrapuntal curlicues and lockstep patterns in exhilarating fashion to create a mind-boggling array of rhythms, melodies and shifting timbres.
Adorned in striking black coats and robes, and outfitted with traditional swords, the a capella choir is capable of mesmerizing listeners with a concentrated blend of voices that’s astonishingly ethereal and calming, but they’re equally adept at rhythmically agile works, where the harmonies toggle between peaceful serenity and guttural polyrhythmic propulsion. Iberi’s deep repertoire is intended to present the full splendor of Georgian tradition, from the sonorous styles found in the eastern region of Kakhetia to the more extroverted, virtuosic sounds found in the western regions of Guria and Mengrelia.
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