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ლოცვა / LOTSVA


Format: 2D Ambisonics

23.08 & 25.08


IN THE CRYPT (before and after the main program and during the break)

In March 2021, after two silent, tragic years of the pandemic, I began collecting prayers and chants from around the world through my social media channels. I wanted to bring together the voices of people from different countries, cultures and religions and unite them in my musical composition. I asked for recordings made with a smartphone and received 27 songs from different countries, which I used as source material for this piece. I consider it a collective prayer, which is where the title comes from. ლოცვა (Lotsva) is a Georgian word and means prayer.

Names of contributors:
Annie Björkman, Sweden | Aine Eva Nakamura, Japan | Heidi Skjerve, Norway | Line Souza, Brazil | Gyrid Nordal Kaldestad, Norway | Nigar Gahramanova, Azerbaijan | Åshild Hagen, Norway | Katy Pinke, Israel | Supriya Nagarajan, India | Zosha Warpeha, USA | Silva de Waard, Netherlands | Zoe Perret, France | Verena Merstallinger, Austria | Diego (surname anonymous), Argentina | Tamo Nasidze, Georgia | Falk Rößler, Germany | Ensemble Ialoni, Nino Naneishvili, Georgia | Elvic Kongolo Birkebein, Congo | David Shughliashvili, Georgia | Małgorzata Olejniczak, Poland | David Zurabiani, Georgia | Sajidah Ahmed, Bangladesh | Andrea Silvia Giordano, Italy | Balint Laczko, Hungary | Marija Astromskaitė, Lithuania | Diana Serrao, Portugal

Meet The Artist

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Mariam Gviniashvili is an Oslo-based composer and visual artist originally from Georgia. Her compositional practice focuses on investigating the role of spatiality in music. Her practice also extends to audiovisual works in which she explores the relationships between 3D sound and moving image. She collaborates with performers and creates music for dance and theatre. 

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