In July of 2019, an extended team of the Potsdam GVM project group, together with colleagues from the Tbilisi State Conservatory and the Georgian Chanting Foundation, visited southwestern Georgia (Achara and Gurien) for an Ethnomusicological Field Expedition. The Tbilisi team intended to collect recordings for a teaching CD while the main goal of the Potsdam group was to test new and cable free recording equipment which would also allow to record singing dancers, to gather material for future ethnomusicological research, and finally to help document current local music practice in audio and video.
The map on the left shows the trip (red curves) and the locations (yellow) of the recording sessions during the 2019 field expedition. The encircled yellow numbers correspond to the recording days (1-10). From a tiny part of the rich video footage obtained during this trip, ten daily episodes were created as a collection of personal impressions from the fieldwork, the beauty of the country and of deeply moving encounters with wonderful people.
We share it with heartfelt thanks to all who contributed to this unforgettable experience.