Welcome to the world of GORANI
Gorani, Australia's unique 9 voice male singing ensemble, specializes
in the performance of traditional songs from Georgia & Bulgaria.
These include sublime church songs and blissful healing songs. Some
of the songs are so old that their meaning has been lost. Others
reflect on the harsh life not only of the farm workers, but of their
faithful animals. There are love songs, some of which we are
reluctant to translate in polite company. We even sing about horses
galloping from Tbilisi to Moonee Ponds.
Gorani refers to the harsh mountains, misty forests, and feisty
spirit that are the cradle of many of the songs.
Founded in 1992, Gorani includes leading Georgian ethnomusicologist
Joseph Jordania, and Bulgarian born musician, Ian Vitcheff.
Gorani has toured twice to Georgia and Bulgaria, has performed
several times at the National Folk Festival and Port Fairy Folk
Festival and has appeared for the Boite at the Melbourne Concert Hall
and Melbourne Town Hall. It has appeared on national TV and radio in
Georgia, Bulgaria and Australia.
Gorani is " visually exciting. .. You cannot help but be entertained
in a natural and artistic manner...singing these wonderful songs from
Europe ..." (July 2005, City of Knox Choral Showcase adjudicator,
Tony Gould, ex lecturer at Victoria College of the Arts).