GeorgianChantOrg welcomes the participation of experts in the field. The following authors are active in publishing on this site, please see their articles and information listed below.
John A. Graham
John A. Graham is an American musicologist (PhD. Princeton University 2015) who specializes in the history of Georgian liturgical polyphony. His publications can be found at http://www.johnagraham.com/publications/ Graham is the general editor of GeorgianChantOrg and a regular contributor. He maintains the site as a contribution to the academic community of international musicological research.
Articles on GeorgianChantOrg:
- Pilimon Koridze
- Georgian Easter Chant - Christ is Risen!
- Shen khar venakhi
- Jvarsa shensa - rare variant
- Ekvtime Kereselidze
- Introduction: Georgian chant history
- Archival Recordings
- Historical sources
Sr. Sidonia Freedman
Sr. Sidonia Freedman is a nun at the Sacred Monastery of St. Nina (Georgian Patriarchate) in the United States, with musicology and medieval studies degrees from St. Olaf College (undergraduate), and the University of Limerick (MA, PhD) where her focus turned towards Orthodox theology with a focus on Georgian polyphonic chant. Despite blindness in both eyes, Sister Sidonia is a highly accomplished lecturer, singer, choir director, and scholar, with numerous publications to her credit (see selected works at academia.edu).
- Trisagion Hymn - Theological and Ritual Perspectives
- Trisagion Hymn - East Syriac and Georgian Connections
- Trisagion Hymn - Musical Analysis
Malkhaz Erkvanidze is a world-renowned authority on Georgian traditional chant, having dedicated his life to popularizing, performing, and teaching several generations of chanters.
Matthew Knight is a Canadian ethnomusicologist (PhD U. Illinois Urbana-Champaign 2019) whose research focuses on the polyphonic vocal music of the Republic of Georgia. As part of his research, Knight lived for an extended period in the remote highland region of Svaneti with his family.
Frank Scherbaum is Professor of Geophysics/Seismology at the University of Potsdam/Germany, where he recently created the SeismoSoundScape-Lab (https://www.uni-potsdam.de/
Aurelia has been captivated by the music and culture of the Republic of Georgia since the age of 13. Originally from Massachusetts, she studied ethnomusicology at UCLA and received her B.A. from the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study. A singer with a background in classical voice, Aurelia has performed as a soloist with Village Harmony, Northern Harmony, and in the vocal duo Ash (Æ). As a teacher of Georgian music, she has worked with many ensembles in the USA, as well as in France, Israel, and Georgia. Aurelia began documenting music from eastern Georgia in 2010. She received a Fulbright Award in 2011 and dedicated the following three years to the project. The Ts'utisopeli Project website is the culmination of that work.
Magda Sukhiashvili is a leading authority on the history of Georgian ecclesiastical music. She is the author of several books, dozens of articles, and teaches at numerous institutions including the Tbilisi Conservatoire.