Saturday, July 12, 2014

Singing at the Embassy of Georgia

On June 25th the choir sang at an event put on by the Embassy of Georgia in Mexico City, celebrating Georgia's Independence Day. We're slowly but surely becoming the (un)official choir of Embassy celebrations in Mexico City - hah! (Read about the choir singing at the Polish Embassy here and the Norwegian Embassy here)

The event was held on the top floor of the Mexican Stock Exchange, which offered some very impressive views of the city!
rehearsal at the Mexican Stock Exchange, before
the event started 

view from the Mexican Stock Exchange 

appetizer display
Presentation by Georgia's Ambassador in Mexico, Malkhaz Mikeladze
We sang Mexico's National Anthem and Georgia's National Anthem, "Tavisupleba."

singing "Tavisupleba"
Source: Staccato's FB page 
Here's a Youtube video of Tavisupleba (not us singing...) :

The boys really had their work cut out for them though.They learned and performed three men's choir pieces. Georgia is famous for its polyphonic music, which has been included on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

Staccato's boys
One of the songs they sang was "Chakrulo," an old Georgian folk song with origins in Kakheti, Georgia, one of the most famous examples of Georgian polyphony. I recorded a video, but the audio is pretty bad on my camera (sorry about that!).

Who really stole the show though was the youth folk dance group that followed. They were INCREDIBLE! I didn't realize they were a world-famous, traveling dance group until afterward, though I definitely wasn't surprised. They go by "Los Niños Virtuosos de Cáucaso" in Spanish and "The Little Virtuosos" in English and the dancers are between the ages of 7 and 13. 

dance group's rehearsal
They were performing in Mexico throughout June and performed about 30-45 minutes of their show for us. Unfortunately my camera battery died, so I wasn't able to take any more photos or videos.

"The Little Virtuosos" 
"The Little Virtuosos" 

I found this 2 1/2 minute promo video on Youtube that gives a pretty good glimpse of what their performance is like :

I loved the knee spins, I was fascinated by how the boys danced on the top part of their toes, and I was impressed with how incredibly graceful the girls were!

Singing at the Embassy of Georgia's event was definitely an interesting experience!

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