In Georgia we are called an ensemble.
Ten Australian men sing traditional songs from Georgia and Bulgaria.
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All about the artist/s
Gorani is a group of ten Australian men who sing traditional songs from Georgia, to the East of the Black Sea, and Bulgaria, to the West of the Black Sea.
Gorani has visited both countries many times and has learned songs from legendary singing masters.
Songs include love songs, wedding songs, horse riding songs, church songs and even a song about the harsh life of a pair of bullocks and their driver.
They have appeared on national radio and TV in Georgia, Bulgaria and Australia.
COVID has had a serious impact on Gorani, causing the deaths of some of their singing heroes and making travel impossible and rehearsals very difficult.
The group started in 1992 following a workshop on Bulgarian men's village songs presented by the Boite and led by Bagryana Popov.
Favourite performances for The Boite have been at The World Music Cafe in Mark Street, North Fitzroy, a number of performances at Melbourne Town Hall in The Melbourne A Cappella Festival, and singing Elesa at The Melbourne Concert Hall in the inaugural Melbourne Millennium Chorus.
Gorani has performed at all but one International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony at the State Conservatoire, Tbilisi, Georgia which have been held biennially since 2002.
Gorani has performed several times at the National Folk Festival in Canberra, and most recently at the Cygnet Folk Festval in Tasmania.
The group has produced two CDs.
It's the edgy music and good friendship that has kept us rehearsing most Tuesday nights for 30 years.