onefourfive is an 8-member, mixed voice ensemble singing (mostly) a cappella folk songs from the Republic of Georgia.
The group formally started in 2010, upon acceptance to Seattle’s Northwest Folklife Festival, singing exclusively Georgian folk songs. onefourfive has continued since then, with members of the group traveling to Caucasus Georgia to learn songs, technique, styles, and of course, Georgian language and culture. They have also worked with teachers in the US, including visiting Georgians: Malkhaz Erkvanidze, Shergil Pirtskhelani, Ketevan Mindorashvili and Ensemble Zedashe, Levan Bitarovi, Adilei & the Chamgeliani sisters, as well as internationally renowned experts of Georgian singing; Carl Linich and Frank Kane.
Here we are teaching Georgian folk songs to enthusiastic Canadians at the Vancouver Table Songs festival in 2019:
Here’s us singing in late October 2022, at Finn River Cider in Chimacum, WA:
Here we are singing with our teachers and friends Ensemble Zedashe
Here we are singing a Kakhetian song about a singing contest between a thrush and a partridge, called Shashvi Kakabi:
Here is a lyrical song from Guria, accompanied by chonguri.
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