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The goal of the Sayat Nova Project is to record the musical dialects of the Caucasus and host the material on an interactive website.
The goal of the Sayat Nova Project is to record the musical dialects of the Caucasus and host the material on an interactive website.
89 backers pledged $3,257 to help bring this project to life.

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                  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:

http://caucascapades.wordpress.com/

We also post pictures, recordings, videos, and updates on our facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/SayatNovaProject

Thank you! 

                  Təşəkkür edirəm! 

                                  დიდი მადლობა! 

                                                      Շնորհակալ եմ! 

                                                                              Большое спасибо!

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!

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    We will send you updates with the mp3 or .wav files and pictures of each individual recording session immediately after it takes place.

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    Updates, audio files, and pictures, as well as a personalized postcard from Tbilisi's outdoor antique market with our sincere thanks.

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    Updates, audio files and pictures, a personalized postcard and a physical copy of our first CD release.

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    All of the above plus a DVD of all the videos from our field work

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    Updates, postcard, CD, DVD, and a booklet made with an old printing press here in Tbilisi that will include travel logs, notes on recording sessions, and general information about the different peoples of the Caucasus.

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    All of the above plus a printed ethnographic map of the region and a booklet of notated transcriptions of the different audio examples.

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    Updates, postcard, CD, DVD, and a booklet that will include travel logs, notes on recording sessions, and general information about the different peoples of the Caucasus.a printed ethnographic map of the region, a booklet of notated transcriptions of the different audio examples plus a genuine Georgian “Panduri”

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