Trio Kavkasia

COMPOSERS: Trio Kavkasia
LABELS: Traditional Crossroads
ALBUM TITLE: Trio Kavkasia
WORKS: The Fox and the Lion: Georgian Vocal Music
PERFORMER: Trio Kavkasia (vocals)
Trio Kavkasia exuberantly quashes the myth that world music traditions are most authentically represented by indigenous musicians. This threesome hails from North America, but here they render Georgian vocal polyphony’s often weird-sounding harmonies and scale tunings with precision and panache. Recorded in a Benedictine monastery in New York, the music sounds lush and resonant, revealing the Trio’s nimble counterpoint, angular voice-leading, and strident chord tunings in all their dissonant glory.Theodore Levin