While there were many singers in the Soviet Union, songwriters were unusual. Georgian musician Inola Gurgulia was one of these exceptions. Wife of composer Mikheil Shugliashvili, she sang in Georgian about peace and human kindness—which was enough for her to be labeled anti-Soviet and prevented from performing at major venues. In Georgia her songs have the status of folk songs that, when sung in little backstreet cafés or on TV talent shows, still move people to tears. In this beleaguered country her songs are considered symbols of freedom. Gurgulia’s son, musicologist David Shugliashvili, is specialized in the rich vocal traditions of Georgian folk music. As singers, he and his wife, Tamuna Tolordava, keep the songs of Inola Gurgulia alive.

5.10.19, 22:30

Congress Graz, Kammermusiksaal
Albrechtgasse 1
8010 Graz
♿ Venue accessible for wheelchairs

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Ö1 broadcast Spielräume Spezial: 13.10., 17:10

Guitar and vocals: David Shugliashvili
Vocals: Tamuna Tolordava