Ep'ro Torghvaidze
Kvemo Alvani

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.

Ep'ro Torghvaidze - Shamilis Gast'umreba
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An instrumental piece played on the garmoni.1

 

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.

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Instrumental.

Ep'ro Torghvaidze - Lazares Satsek'vao
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A dance melody played on the garmoni.1

 

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.

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Instrumental.

Ep'ro Torghvaidze - Nik'ok'elis Satsek'vao
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A dance melody played on the garmoni.1

 

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.

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Instrumental.

Ep'ro Torghvaidze - Samanelebis Mot'ivi / Bobghiashvilebis
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A melody played on the garmoni.1

 

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.

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Instrumental.

Ep'ro Torghvaidze - Bobghiashvilis Simghera
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Bobghiashvilis Simghera

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Aghara makharebs gantiadis gaskhivosneba

Arts kantmisaze mots’olili namgala mtvare

/Niavs mivetsi potolivit t’k’bili otsneba

T’k’bili otsneba undo gulshi davasamare/

 

/Ragha makvs met’i gapit’uli skheulis garda

Skhva danarcheni undo gulshi davasamare/

 

Krian dgheebi da mziani ar makhsovs erti

Bedtan brdzolashi otsdaati ts’eli gavida

/Ra ikneboda ra sidzunts’e ra jojokheti

Chemi tskhovreba rom damets’qo isev tavidan/

 

Translation:

 

Bobghiashvili’s Song

 

The morning no longer brings me happiness

Nor the sliver of the moon resting on the mountains

I surrendered a leaf to the breeze like a precious thought

I buried in my heart a sweet yet unreliable dream 
 

What have I got besides an exhausted body?

Everything else is entombed in my heart

 

The days blow away, I can't remember a sunny one

For 30 years I have struggled with fortune

What would this miserly place, this hell, have been

If I had started my life over again

Ep'ro Torghvaidze - Sergo Torghvaidzes Simghera
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A song from a mountaineer, kin of Ep'ro.

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Sergo Torghvaidzes Simghera

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Kedebo ak gavizarde

Ver gavdzegh tkvenis tskerita

Tkveni lamazi gul-mk’erdi

Gadavkhan leksis ts’erita

 

Bevrjer shevebi nap’ralebs

Chemi lamazi tskhenita

Bevrjer vamt’rie karap’i

Ts’riapi’ta da jokhita

 

Arts’ivis dzmobili viqavi

Jikhvebtan vch’amdi sadilsa

Karishkhals vjobdi grigalsa

Amordnilsa mtisasa

 

/Iara shemomep’ara

Guli varamma ts’aigho/

 

Translation:

 

Sergo Torghvaidze’s Song


Mountain ridges, I was raised by you 

I am not just satisfied by looking at you

I’ve described you in poetry

Your beautiful heart and soul

 

Many times I fought the wrinkled mountains

With my beautiful horse

Many times I broke the land

With my cleats and my sticks
 

I was the brother of an eagle

I ate alongside the wild goats1

In bad weather, I beat the tempest

When I came through the mountains

 

Sadness has settled in me

Torment has taken my heart

 

1The Caucasian tur, a mountain-dwelling caprid found in most of the Caucasus. They live in rough mountainous terrain between 800 and 4,000 meters above sea level.

Ep'ro Torghvaidze - Ts'ova Diatsis T'irili
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A mourning song played on the garmoni.1

 

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.

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Instrumental.

Ep'ro Torghvaidze - T'irili
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A mourning song played on the garmoni.1

 

To hear another version of this melody, listen to the track entitled ''Dzveli Ts'ovri Dat'ireba'' on Meri Jikhoshvili's page.

 

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.

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Instrumental.

Ep'ro Torghvaidze - Jeiran Satsek'vao
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A dance song called ''Youth's Dance'' played on the garmoni.1

 

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.

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Instrumental

Ep'ro Torghvaidze - Ebdo Bebos Satsek'vao
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A dance song called ''Grandma Ebdo's Dance'' played on the garmoni.1

 

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.

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Instrumental.

Ep'ro Torghvaidze - Alis Gorulais Satsek'vao
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A dance song called ''Alis Goraulai's Dance'' played on the garmoni.1

 

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.

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Instrumental.

Ep'ro Torghvaidze - Mgzavris Dros
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A melody called ''Traveling Time'' played on the garmoni.1

 

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.

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Instrumental.

Ep'ro Torghvaidze - Dzveli Tushuri Melodia
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An old Tushetian melody played on the garmoni.1

 

 

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.

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Instrumental.