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Choral Singing in Human Culture and Evolution

came out in Lambert Academic Publishers, Germany, in 2015. This is the second revised edition of the 2006 book. I cannot put the text of this book on this website because of the contractual agreements. You can buy a copy in the publisher's webpage.

" I totally agree with the  main idea of Joseph Jordania about the ancient origins of choral singing  and its gradual disappearance. To my opinion also,there is no  "evolution" from monophonic to polyphonic singing, and I was glad to see  that the argumentation of this idea is so strong and logic" . Simha Arom, CNRS, France

"Joseph Jordania's book is a  masterpiece of comparative musicology by a person with an amazing  knowledge base. As a co-editor of the book "The Origins of  Music"(2000), I am thrilled to finally see a true work of comparative  musicology appear after many decades of neglect. This is the kind of  material that people, from psychology to evolutionary biology, need to  ponder as to incorporate music into the emerging picture of human evolution". Steven Brown, Simon Fraser University, Canada.
A New Model of Human Evolution: How Predators Shaped Human Morphology and Behaviour.

The central theme of this book is the new model of human evolution,  based on long and dynamic evolutionary interaction between human ancestors and the ancestors of the big cats, April 2017. See the publisher's webpage for details.


The most revolutionary  evolutionary theory in decades!”. Wladimir J. Alonso (Brazil),  Evolutionary biologist.


Truly original work! A reader will be surprised  by many of his findings, all of which make perfect sense, and one will wonder why they weren’t mentioned before. The reason certainly seems to  be that Jordania saw them firstElizabeth Marshall Thomas (USA),  author of the "The Tribe of Tiger and The Hidden Life of Dogs".
Behind the Jim Corbett’s Stories: Analytical Journey Through’ Corbett’s places’ and Unanswered Questions:

came out in 2016 (Logos). Here is the link to the book.
Tigers, Lions and Humans: History of Rivalry, Conflict, Reverence and Love:

came out in 2014 (Logos). Here is the link to the text of the book
Why Do People Sing? Music in Human Evolution:
was written after a publisher from ERC (Tokyo) commissioned me to write a shorter version of my 2006 book for a more popular reader. This book includes many new ideas not present in my 2006 book. The book came out in English in 2011 (Logos), and was later also translated into Chinese (2014), Japanese (2016), and Georgian (2016). Here is the English version.
Who Asked the First Question? Origins of Human Choral Singing, Intelligence, Language and Speech:
was written already in Australia in 2006. In 2009 the book received Fumio Koizumi award in ethno-musicology:
In recognition of his contribution to systematic analysis of folk polyphonies of the world, proposing a new model for the origins of traditional choral singing in a broad context of human evolution.
Here is the link to the book.
Origins and Development of Georgian Drone Polyphony:

my first book, written in Georgian in 1984, was never published, although for some time it was on the plan of state publishing house Khelovneba.
Georgian Traditional Polyphony in an International Context of Polyphonic Culture (To the Problems of Origins of Polyphony).
My next book was written in Russian and was published in 1989 by the Tbilisi State University Press. This was my Doctoral on Music dissertation.
(C) Copyright Joseph Jordania  2016-17
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