The Art of Invisibility
The work sessions introduce three-part polyphony, basing on the various musical scales of Georgian music, both folk and religious, and making use of basic musical formulas. Through a selected set of exercises developed over ten years of both teaching and learning experience of the leaders, it will aim at developing what can be called a sense of polyphony. Working on a steady breathing rhythm, voice emission and textures, as well as on close listening during singing – not only to each of the three parts being sung simultaneously but to the whole vertical aspect of the music performed at the given moment, results in obtaining such a quality of sound where each of the individual voices disappears in the whole of a given harmony and can be no longer made out. Polyphonic music taken in this approach is a tool for enhancing the focus and improving the quality of presence of a performer.
The work session intends to focus on harmony rather than melody, treating harmony as a means of objective expression. Music will be treated as a platform for building a particular understanding between the participants and for their unique common experience.