ialoni ensemble members 

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Nino Naneishvili

Top / Middle voice

Ialoni's founder & artistic director
Ethnomusicologist

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Natia Azarashvili

Basse

Student at the College for Traditional Georgian Chants

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Shorena Metreveli

Basse

Master of Arts
Ethnomusicologist

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Ana Abesadze

Basse

Student at the College for Traditional Georgian Chants

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Natia Bedenashvili

Middle voice

Choir director
Pianist

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Zoé Perret

Basse / Middle voice

Musician, Voice teacher
Owner of ``Zoestan`` cafe

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Tamar Akhobadze

Top voice

Regional coordinator in Tbilisi's Folk center

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Tatia Darsania

Top voice

Formem vocalist at Tbilisi
College of music

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nino rekhviashvili

Top / Middle voice

Student at the College for traditional Georgian chants

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Ani Antia

Top / Middle voice

Student at Tbilisi State University
Economic and Business faculty

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Natalia Ivanishvili

Top / Middle voice

Master of traditional Georgian chants
Conductor

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Nuki Shikhashvili

Basse

Former vocalist at Tbilisi technical College of music

ABOUT IALONI

The women’s ensemble Ialoni was formed in 2009 in Tbilisi. Our repertoire includes all three streams of Georgian Traditional Vocal Polyphony: ecclesiastical, folk and city music.
In 2016, Ialoni won the 1st prize in the category of « Women’s Folk Ensemble » of Georgia, in the frame of the National Folklore Festival organized by the Folklore State Centre.

We select our repertoire from archival records and manuscripts, expedition findings and published notated collections, with a special emphasis on reviving relatively unusual, original and complex samples.

The ensemble considers it important to understand the character of the different chanting schools as well as the folk and city songs originating from different regions, comprehending them intimely and then bringing them to life with the ensemble’s own signature.

OUR HISTORY

Initially and until 2014, Ialoni was performing only Georgian orthodox lithurgical polyphony. Its aim was to study and to popularize relatively unknown, original samples of Georgian traditional ecclesiastic chant. Examples include the Chants Devoted to the Mother of God (released on CD in 2010) and several chants in 8 modes system: God the Lord and the Troparia of Easter (released in 2011). Notably, in 2013 Ialoni revived the Paraklesis of Sweet Jesus, performing it in Vake’s Sameba Church and at Tbilisi State Conservatoire’s Small Concert Hall; 2 years later, in the Zugdidi Cathedral, Ialoni performed the Paraklesis of the All-Holy Mother of God. Both marathon services, which each feature almost one hundred chants, were realized in their complete form.