Long time coming four-tape box set of folk musics of Georgia, Abkhazia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Eastern Turkey, recorded in the field by the good folk behind the Sayat Nova Project. In their own words:
The Sayat Nova Project was founded in late 2012 in a teahouse in Tbilisi, Georgia by Stefan Williamson Fa and Ben Wheeler and was born out of a desire to explore the hidden musical diversity of the Caucasus. The Project aims to help document and promote this musical diversity in an independent, holistic and freeform style without regard to national or political borders. The initial stage of the project involved recording musicians from underrepresented musical traditions throughout Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan and has since developed to create a collective of regional and international collaborators contributing to an online archive of this music. In November 2013 “Mountains of Tongues: Musical Dialects of the Caucasus” was released on vinyl by L.M. Dupli-Cation records, compiling a selection of recordings from sessions with over 50 musicians held between November 2012 and June 2013.
This collection acts as something of a Bootleg Series companion to the Mountains of Tongues LP and features material from the same sessions as well as more recent recordings from June and July 2014. The tapes are organised - somewhat loosely - organologically (one tape each of vocals, wind instrumentation, instrumental strings and ensemble performances) and include unedited recordings of bardic epics, city art music, folkloric groups, sacred songs, ballads and laments interspersed with the sounds of wrestling matches, engagement parties, feasts and roadside gatherings.
Housed in an open-ended wooden box constructed from a haul of grooved floorboards, the contents also include screenprinted wraparound card sleeves – designed and printed by one's illustrator of choice Lucy Jones – and colour riso-printed photographic inserts. Limted edition of 70 copies. Cost is £20 plus postage (£3.50/£6/£9 to UK/Europe/World). Email thewholevoyald googlemail com to order.