The Music of Giya Kancheli


Producer: The European Foundation for the support of culture
Venue: Mediterranean Conference Centre,
Date: 17 April 2018
Time: 20;00


Music, like life itself, is inconceivable without romanticism. Romanticism is a high dream of the past, present, and future – a force of invincible beauty which towers above, and conquers, the forces of ignorance, bigotry, violence, and evil.

— Giya Kancheli

Kancheli’s sound-world has something incredibly natural about it. His musical structures are orientated on emotional aspects such as intensification and tension, excitement and calm. He works with dynamic extremes and not infrequently demands extreme slowness. In terms of atmosphere, Kancheli’s music is closely connected with his homeland of Georgia without actually quoting Georgian folklore. Nostalgia and melancholy, as well as sadness over the political conditions in the former Soviet Union (“Life without Christmas”) and the destruction of the Georgian civil war mark his production.


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