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May 31 2023

Georgian Traditional Music Revival: Giving Modern Shape to an Old Tradition

Room B544, Schoenberg Music Building

Lecture by Teona Lomsadze, Ph.D.
Ethnomusicologist and Music Manager

This lecture gives an overview of the Georgian traditional music revival process with a closer focus on Georgian folk-fusion music, seen as one of the best musical expressions of the contemporary Georgian identity.

Teona Lomsadze is an ethnomusicologist (Ph.D. from the Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Georgia), music manager (MA from the University of Leeds, UK), and singer (with folk, jazz, and classical music background). Currently, she’s an invited researcher at the International Research Center for Traditional Polyphony of Tbilisi State Conservatoire, the teacher of Georgian traditional singing at the international choir Naduri and the regional representative of Georgia in ICTM. Starting from her doctoral thesis “Contemporary Forms of Functioning Traditional Music (on an example of Georgian folk-fusion)” Teona researches Georgian folk-fusion music (a mixture of Georgian traditional music and popular music styles) and its contemporary practices from the historical, psychological, social and economic perspectives.  She is the author of scholarly articles in Georgian and English, including for Cambridge Publishing and Taylor & Francis Publishing; she was a project manager and the compiler of the recently published Georgian-English collection of articles "Women's Role in UNESCO-recognized European Traditional Singing Practices" (winner project of the UNESCO participation program 2021-2022).

Part of the Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy Colloquium Series, this event is sponsored by The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Department of Ethnomusicology, with support from the Dean of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.


This event is FREE! No RSVP required. Early arrival is recommended.


Self-service parking is available at UCLA’s Parking Structure #2 for events in Schoenberg Music Building and the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center. Costs range from $1 for 20 minutes to $20 all day. Learn more about campus parking.


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