events

Albion College

Albion, Michigan

concert & workshop

March 2019

Trio Kavkasia joined the Albion College Concert Choir and Briton Singers in a concert featuring Georgian folk and classical choral music, part of a four-day residency in which the trio worked with Prof. Clayton Parr and Albion College choral students. (The Briton Singers were preparing to travel to Georgia for a summer performance and study tour.)

Carl leads a Georgian singing workshop

The trio performing with the Briton Singers  

Alan demonstrates the mysteries of Georgian tuning

Civilization VI: Rise and Fall 

computer game soundtrack

July 2017

In summer 2017 Trio Kavkasia recorded the soundtrack for the "Georgia" nation expansion pack of the computer game Civilization VI: Rise and Fall.

 

The makers of Civilization VI periodically release new countries as add-on plug-ins to the game; the Georgia expansion was part of the round released in early 2018.
 

Players who include "Georgia" in their game world meet the real-life Queen Tamar the Great (r. 1184-1213) as Georgia's game avatar and national leader, and every encounter with Georgia is accompanied by a selection of vocal and instrumental Georgian music provided by Trio Kavkasia.

Trio Kavkasia's one-day recording session with Geoff Knorr

in a small studio in Long Island City, NY.

The tracks for the Ancient Era feature Trio Kavkasia alone, presenting songs in traditional form, just as we sound in concert or on our albums. The soundtracks for the later eras (MedievalIndustrialAtomic) were arranged by Geoff Knorr, an award-winning composer for video games and film, using the hymn Shen Khar Venakhi and the folk ballad Tsaiqvanes Tamar Kali -- the latter chosen in honor of the game avatar Queen Tamar. Geoff recorded our trio parts first, alone; then he added all the other instruments and massed voices to our tracks many months later in Prague. 

The playlist during the game isn't linear; the tracks we recorded fade in and out or loop following a complex algorithm: as you encounter other nations their music starts to infiltrate yours and vice versa. If they dominate you, you hear more of their national music -- not a good sign for your prospects. And as Georgia advances in civilization from ancient to medieval to industrial to atomic, the musical mix changes gradually from the trio's plainest and most traditional vocal tuning and folk instruments to a smoother trio sound plus viola da gamba, and eventually to the trio plus massive choir and orchestra. So you'd probably have to play against Georgia many times to hear all the tracks in some fashion

Given what computer game sales are like (especially a global hit like Civilization VI), it's possible that tens of thousands of computer game fans will inadvertently hear Georgian music while playing the game; we hope at least some of them will become curious and want to know more about the country and its extraordinary music. 

Eliso 

live movie soundtrack
September 2014 - March 2015

Four times in the fall and winter of 2014-15 on opposite coasts Trio Kavkasia provided a full-length live soundtrack for Eliso, a 1928 Georgian silent film directed by Nikoloz Shengelaia. The trio performed a score created especially for the film by Carl, using a variety of traditional Georgian songs.

In September 2014 the Museum of Modern Art in New York opened its Georgian cinema retrospective with Eliso. To perform the live soundtrack Trio Kavkasia was joined by members of the New York Supruli Choir. The screening / performance was attended by a large delegation from the Georgian government, including Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili, Ambassador to the U.S. Archil Gegeshidze, Minister of Culture and Monument Protection Guram Odisharia, and other members of the Georgian cabinet.

at MoMA with the Supruli Choir

In March 2015 Trio Kavkasia provided the live sountrack once more when Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, screened Eliso. The performance was sponsored by Bard College's Center for Moving Image Arts. The trio was again assisted by members of the New York Supruli Choir and friends.

In October 2014 the University of California's Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) screened Eliso twice at the PFA Theater as part of its Georgian Cinema series. This time to perform the live soundtrack Trio Kavkasia was joined by friends from the Bay Area and elsewhere.

In February 2015 Trio Kavkasia once again provided the live soundtrack when the Film Department of the Smithsonian Museum's Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, screened Eliso as the opening event in its Discovering Georgian Cinema series. The trio was joined again by members of the New York Supruli Choir. Georgian Ambassador to the U.S. Archil Gegeshidze attended and introduced the event.

with an Egon Schiele in MoMA's

sculpture garden

Twentieth Anniversary

East Coast tour 

January 2014

20-minute set at the Zlatne Uste Golden Festival,

Brooklyn

concert at Grace & St. Paul's Church,

Manhattan (with the New York Supruli Ensemble)

workshop and concert at Yale University,

New Haven

concert at the Church of the Holy City,

Washington, DC

workshop and concert at Princeton University,

Princeton (with the Princeton Georgian Choir)

workshop, children's program, and concert at

Crossroads Music, Philadelphia (with Svitanya)

Grace & St. Paul's Church

Washington: Carl and the Honorable Archil Gegeshidze, Ambassador of Georgia, being interviewed by the VOA

with Kitka in Santa Cruz

Past Highlights 

November 2011

concert at Texas State University in San Marcos

with the Texas State Men's Choir

and multimedia artists Irina Patkanian and Chris Langer.


February 2011

four concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area

with the women's vocal ensemble Kitka

in their series Caucasian Connections.

October 2008

two concerts in Toronto with the Toronto Consort

as part of the Consort's Marco Polo Project.

September 2008

workshop and concert at Swarthmore College

in Pennsylvania.

at Swarthmore College

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