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).