Masterworks from the noble choral traditions of the ancient country of Georgia come alive on the stage of New York’s Town Hall. Critically acclaimed Ensemble Basiani, praised for their "bright, crisp voices" by The Wall Street Journal, sing in three-voiced polyphony harking back to the 10th century. The striking male A Capella ensemble returns to New York for a one-night only performance, as part of their US tour. Wearing all-traditional costumes, Basiani captivates audiences with a program featuring folk and traditional songs, monastic chants, religious hymns, and epic ballads full of complex harmonies and heart-warming colorful melodies.
The State Ensemble of Georgian Folk Singing “Basiani” was created in 2000 under the blessing of his Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II, Catholicos-Patriarch of all Georgia, to perform and promote Georgian Traditional Polyphony home and abroad. It received special international acclaim and recognition, giving performances in some of the world’s most well-known concert halls and international festivals, including Auditorio Nacional de Musica (Madrid), the Gulbenkian Great Hall (Lisbon), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Aldeburgh Music Festival (Aldeburgh, England). Allice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival (New York, 2010) - Basiani performs Georgian Traditional Polyphony at the concert, titled “Bach and Polyphonies”. The event was widely lauded by the American press, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal; Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Lincoln’ Center’s White Light Festival (at the conclusion of2012 American tour); Grand hall of D. Shostakovich Saint-Petersburg Academic Philharmonic; Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny City, Ireland; etc.
“The stellar Ensemble Basiani... exquisitely rendered... hauntingly beautiful.” — New York Times