International Conference for Orthodox Music in Prague – ICOMP Ars Nova East and West
Under the framework of SRNSF’s call for travel grants, Tamar Ckheidze participated On October 14-16 of the current year, with organizing by International Society of Orthodox Music, Prague Charlie University and Filocalia Association, the international conference of the orthodox music was held “ Ars Nova in East and West”.
This conference, which was co-hosted by the ISOCM and Charles University of Prague, aimed to explore the idea of innovation in Orthodox chant, from the Byzantine period to compositions written today; topics include, but are not limited to, the way in which innovation can be reconciled with tradition, analysis of the reception of different kinds of innovative repertories, correspondences and contrasts between Eastern and Western techniques of chant composition, and discussion of the means and techniques by which an "Ars nova" might be implemented.
The seventh session at October 16 was dedicated to the Georgian ecclesiastical music. Four scientists (Khatuna Managadze, Tamar Chkheidze, Eka Chabashvili and Maka Virsaladze) read their papers. The thematic of the papers was connected with issues of the traditional chanting esthetics and philosophy, demonstration of Georgian-Byzantine parallels, creative principles and discussions in modern Georgian composers’ ecclesiastical works.
Tamar Chkheidze report was dedicated to the stylistic peculiarities of the ornamented chanting and discussion of preconditions of this style in the Georgian and Byzantine liturgical tradition and demonstration at its basis of the common and differentiating qualities of the Byzantine Kalophonic style and Georgian Chreli chanting (as of the similar events in the different orthodox traditions).
Georgian scientists’ participation in the discussion of the problems of the Middle century music and their reports cause always much interest. Georgian ecclesiastical music represents scientists’ interest as it keeps original in itself, together with national tradition common orthodox musical regularities. Notwithstanding this, highly developed, original patterns, the Georgian chanting retained old, archaic layers which represent extremely valuable source for studying of orthodox chanting history and traditions.
During the conference proceeded the interesting discussion was held, contact informations for future collaboration were interchanged. The participants have received the invitation for participation at the Seventh International Conference of Orthodox Music which will be held in Finland, June 6-11 in 2017 at the Joensuu University.