In her eighties at the time of recording, Ep'ro remembers local Tushetian dance tunes on the garmoni1 with time-worn fingers. She is an unparallelled treasure of musical heritage, as no one today plays quite the same old melodies, nor invokes with their songs the same nostalgia for a time that passed long ago.
Over the years, Ep'ro has taught many of her songs to her niece, Elik'o Torghvaidze. Today, she lives with her son and grandchidren in Kvemo Alvani.
1A button accordion that originated in Russia and plays an important role in the musical tradition of the Tush in Georgia, as well as in other regions throughout the Caucasus. Read more about the garmoni here.