Convener and Organizer of the International Symposia and Conferences “Problems of Traditional Polyphony” Series
Founding Member and Head of the Foreign Department
Award Fumio Koizumi Prize in Ethnomusicology, 2009.
“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”
Twice (in 1998 and 1999) winner of the Australian Music Teachers Register “Top Teacher Award”.
Some of the workshops led by Joseph Jordania:
- NATIONAL: Daylesford Singers’ Festival (1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002 2004, 2005, 2010), Canberra National Folk festival (1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2011), Woodford Folk Festival (1997-98), Port Fairy Folk Festival (2000, 2002), Sydney A Cappella Festival (1997, 1998), Maldon Folk Festival (1997, 1998), Melbourne A Cappella Festival (1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004).
- INTERNATIONAL: Cardiff, Wales, UK (Centre of Performance Research, in 1994, 1995, 1999); New York (Kartuli Ensemble, 1997); San Francisco (Montessori School, 1997); Los Angeles (UCLA, 1999); Paris (Association “Marani”, 1999, 2012); A Cappella Festival, Christchurch, New Zealand (2003, 2012); Brazil (2013, 2014), Argentina (2013).
Some of performances of Joseph Jordania with Golden Fleece:
- NATIONAL: Canberra National Folk Festival (1997, 1998, 2003, 2011), Woodford Folk Festival (1997-98), Melbourne A Cappella Festival (1997, 1998, 2003), Sydney A Cappella Festival (1997), Sydney Choral Sea (1998), Maldon Folk Festival (1998, 1999), musical show “John, Paul, Ringo and Georgia” (Canberra, 2007, Tasmania, 2007, 2012 Melbourne, 2008).
- INTERNATIONAL: Los Angeles (UCLA, 1997), San Francisco (Montessori School of Music, 1997), Chicago (University of Chicago, 1997) ; Georgia, Tbilisi, 2014.
- Released CD “Songs from Georgia” (Move Records, 1999) National (ABC) Radio and TV appearances.
Some of the performances of Joseph Jordania with Gorani:
- NATIONAL: Daylesford Singer’s Festival (1997, 2001, 2004, 2007), Canberra National Folk Festival (1997, 1998, 2011), Port Fairy Folk Festival (2000, 2002), Melbourne Winter Festival (1999, 2002).
- INTERNATIONAL: the Festival of Georgian Traditional Music, Tbilisi, Georgia (2002); The Festival of Gurian (West Georgian) Traditional Song, Ureki, Georgia (2004); International Symposium of Traditional Polyphony, Tbilisi (2010, 2012, 2014).
- Released CDs (1) “Traditional Songs from Georgia and Bulgaria” (1999), (2) “In Search of Harmonies” (2007). National (ABC) Radio and TV appearances in Australia and Georgia.
- 1979 – 1983 Joseph Jordania was elected as the President of the Board of Creative Youth of Tbilisi and the President of the Club of Creative Youth of Georgia “Amirani”.
- 1982 – 1991 Joseph Jordania was the head of ethnomusicology board of experts of the Georgian State Encyclopedia.
- 1983 – 1992 Joseph Jordania was invited by the Ministry of Culture and Education of Georgia as advisor and lecturer on methods of teaching ethnomusicology (for the teachers of the secondary schools).
- 1981 – 1995 Joseph Jordania was a “Category 2” performer (guitar) of the Georgian State Performance Society (concert performances as soloist and as a member of Georgian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, recordings, National Radio and TV appearances).
- Together with Australian guitarist Doug de Vries, Joseph Jordania is currently preparing a publication (DVD with Booklet) “Strings Across Cultures: Guitar Teaching and Performance in Australia”.
- Since 1985 Joseph Jordania had been providing professional consultations in ethnomusicology and musicology to the individual researchers, ensembles of Georgian traditional music, as well as organisations (including UNESCO board of ethnomusicology and Kronos Quartet).
Dr Timothy Rice,
Professor Emeritus, former Director, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
UCLA, 2539 Schoenberg Music Building
Box 951657Los Angeles, CA 90095-1657, USATel: (1 310) 206 3033Fax: (1 310) 206 4738Home Tel: (1 310) 8288432E-mail: email@example.com
Dr Catherine Falk
Professor Emeritus, former Head of Ethnomusicology,
Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne
Parkville, Victoria, 3052, AustraliaTel: (61 3) 83444718Fax: (61 3) 93445346Home Tel: (61 3) 9376 4147E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Why do People sing? Music in Human Evolution. Tokyo: ARC Publishing. Tokyo: ARC Publishing, 2016 (In Japanese).
- Genesis of Vocal Polyphony in the Light of Human Evolution. Logos, 2016 (In Georgian)
- Behind Jim Corbett’s Stories: Analytical Journey through “Corbett’s places” and Unanswered Questions (written together with Priyvrat Gadhvi, Preetum Gheerawo, Manfred Waltl, and Fernando Quevedo.) Introduction by Peter Byrne. Logos, 2016
- Choral Music in Human Culture and Evolution. Saarbrucken: Lambert Academic Publishers, 2015.
- Why do People Sing? Music in Human Evolution. Shanghai: Shanghai Conservatorium of Music Press, 2014 (in Chinese)
- Tigers, Lions and Humans: History of Rivalry, Conflict, Reverence and Love. Tbilisi: Logos. 2014
- Why do People sing? Music in Human Evolution. Tbilisi: Logos. 2011. (The book is used in University course at British Columbia University, Vancouver, Canada)
- “Who Asked the First Question? Origins of Vocal Polyphony, Human Intelligence, Language and Speech”. Logos, Tbilisi State University. 2006. (The book received the “Fumio Koizumi Prize in Ethnomusicology” in 2009 and has been used in teaching courses at the universities of USA, Sweden, Russia, Georgia and Australia)
- Gruzinskoe traditsionnoe mnogogolosie v mezhdunarodnom kontekste mnogogolosnix kultur: k voprosy genezisa mnogogolosia [Georgian Traditional Polyphony in International Context of Polyphonic Cultures: The Problem of Origins of Polyphony]. Tbilisi State University Press, 1991. (In Russian, with English summary). (The book has been used at the Universities in Russia and Georgia)
- “Vocal polyphony in Europe: Attempt of Classification from a Historical Perspective”, Proceedings of the International Colloquium “Multipart Singing in Europe: Historical Trajectories and Current Perspectives”, Portel, Portugal.
- “megruli xalxuri simgerebi” [Megrelian Folk Songs], collected by Archil Khorava, Edited by Joseph Jordania. Tbilisi: Khelovneba (2 600 words, in Georgian).
- “Georgian Table Songs”, in: Georgian Table Songs, Collection of Georgian Traditional Songs. Edited by Levan Kasradze. Georgian Musical and Choreographic Society, Tbilisi (2 400 words, in Georgian and English).
- “edisher garakanidze da misi shromebi” [Edisher Garakanidze and His Works], in: Edisher Garakanidze. Works. Edited by Joseph Jordania. Tbilisi State Conservatory (7500 words, in Georgian with English summary).