The Sayat Nova Project
We started this project because we are dedicated to preserving the musical traditions of the Caucasus. With your help, we'll be able to accomplish the following:
- Document different musical dialects of the Caucasus through field recordings and interviews with musicians
- Create a website that displays our recordings and other audio examples using an interactive map of the Caucasus
- Produce physical copies of the recordings: CDs and DVDs
- Use the website as a network to promote creative and academic works related to the music of the Caucasus
The funding from Kickstarter will help us with:
- Creating, hosting, and maintaining the website
- Travel expenses: Because we live in Tbilisi, Georgia, we won't need help with plane tickets, just with trains, buses, and visas to Armenia (inexpensive) and Azerbaijan (very expensive).
- The cost of the materials to make CDs , DVDs, and booklets of our research and recordings
Information about the research we've done so far can be found here:
We also post pictures, recordings, videos, and updates on our facebook page:
Special thanks to our partners at the Tbilisi State Conservatory and the Union of Kurdish Youth of Georgia, Jason Cox for video editing, Harry Wheeler for our logo, Vladimer Shioshvili for the Tbilisi market photos, and all the musicians in the video.
Risks and challenges
We've already experienced many challenges in our research so far. But we've developed strategies to overcome each:
Geographical challenges: Areas are hard to reach, the weather conditions are bad, public transportation is only available at certain times.
Solution: Plan far in advance, give yourself plenty of time to make the trip or stay in the village, make good contacts and have a back up plan for transportation.
Political challenges: Certain areas are to dangerous to travel to (Dagestan, Chechnya) or borders are closed to foreigners.
Solution: Look for members of these groups living in around the border regions, like Chechens in the Pankisi Gorge, or Armenians and Azerbaijanis from Nagorno Karabakh living in Georgia.
Cultural challenges: People are hesitant to play or speak with people from outside their country or villages.
Solution: Use our network of contacts (The Tbilisi State Conservatory, Tbilisi Museum of Musical Instruments, Kurdish Youth Foundation) to establish credibility, explain the importance of documenting these traditions, be persistent!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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