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"It was a grandiose performance by Russudan Meipariani, who
accompanied her own highly
individual mezzo singing voice with impressionistic shimmering,
iridescent figures. Throughout
her six original compositions, the Georgian native – surrounded by
a keyboard, a white toy
piano, a laptop and a Grotrian-Steinweg grand piano, which she had
prepared with strips of
paper – swept the audience away into her world, in which the
fragile intensity of Kate Bush met
the serial ideas of new music by the likes of John Cage and the
contemporary works of James
Blake. As experimental and poetic as it was, the strong pull of
the songs maintained an
atmosphere of constant excitement."
Ludwigsburger Kreiszeitung 2015
"How often should one have to repeat that this country is now
home to an artist in the person of
pianist, singer and composer Russudan Meipariani, whose concerts
should all be sold out? In
the Schwanen her “freak folk” trio Veli Ulevi - joined by a
drummer - performed for 50 people.
But they made noise for 100. Any other reaction than enthusiasm
would have been
inappropriate for this exceptional artist, not because she is a
musician, but because her way of making music is unique."
Rems-Mur Rundschau 2013
"Hardly anyone in the Kaisersaal would have been able to imagine
what charming effect the
musical fairy tale “The girl on the wind wave”, composed of
Russudan Meipariani, would
cause. In a moving presentation Russudan and Natalie Meipariani
experimented with their
voices and created - partly in polyphonic overtone singing -
amazing archaic and folksy sound
images which merged with the instruments artistically."
Allgäuer Zeitung 2011
"She is the real discovery of this year’s “Soundscapes”, even
though she is the one who bursts
the context of the festival. The traditional music of the Caucasus
is certainly a driving force for
the classically trained pianist. Her music noticeably links
tradition with modernity, penetrates
the realm of contemporary music, and thrives on fascinating vocal
work which borders on jazz
and the avant-garde."
Mittelbadische Zeitung 2010
The forthcoming concerts you find here.
Russudan Meipariani is a Georgian composer, pianist and singer. Russudans music is inspired by Georgian and Scandinavian traditional music, as well as by classic, rock, minimal music, early and contemporary music.
After finishing her piano studies at the Tbilisi State Conservatory in 1999, she moved to Germany where she completed 2004 her studies in composition with Wolfgang Rihm and Sandeep Bhagwati at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik (Academy of Music) in Karlsruhe. In 2002 she was the winner of the “Pamina” Composition Contest of the German and French Music Conservatories.
By that time she had founded the “Daphioni” Piano Trio together with Natalie Meipariani (violin) and Giga Khelaia (cello). They recorded two CDs, won several international chamber music awards and gave concert tours in Georgia, Europe and Japan.
Russudan received important impulses during her studies abroad with Prof. Lasse Thoresen at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. The nordic atmosphere, music, language, nature and the encounters with dada artists helped her create a new approach to her vocal music. She began to write pieces using onomatopoetic experiments. With these pieces she won the composition contest at the Georgian-Swiss “Close Encounters Festival” in 2005. In 2007 she published her first CD with her own compositions, “Lieder aus einer Insel” (Peregrina), which was nominated “Album of the Week” at Blue Rhythm.
Her next composition was the musical fairy tale “Das Mädchen auf der Windwelle” (The Girl on the Wave of the Wind). In 2009 the Russudan Meipariani Ensemble was awarded in the “Creole Weltmusik Wettbewerb Südwest” (Creole World Music Contest Southwest) with pieces from the fairy tale. The most recent version of the musical fairy tale was arranged for the Daphioni piano trio, two voices, the multi-instrumentalist David Stützel and a female narrator.
Since 2009 Russudan has been working with Zura Dzagnidze on a duo projekt “Veli Ulevi”, Georgian Freak Folk with poetry from the collection “Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times”. The duo was joined by Fabian Wendt (bass) and Jörg Bielfeld (percussion). In 2013 Veli Ulevi performed at TTV Rudolfstadt and recorded the CD “Distances”.
The mother of two children, Russudan is currently working on a solo program for voice and prepared piano with her own settings Georgian poetry. Some of these compositions have already been performed in concerts in Germany, France and Switzerland.
Russudan Meipariani Ensemble: With Natalie Meipariani (vocals, violin), Giga Khelaia (cello), David Stützel (throat singing, singing saw).
Meipariani Duo: Baroque and Modern with Natalie Meipariani (Vocals, Violin)
Daphioni: Classical Piano Trio with Natalie Meipariani (violin) and Giga Khelaia (cello).
Veli Ulevi: freak folk together with Zura Dzagnidze (guitar), supported by Fabian Wendt (bass) and Jörg Bielfeldt (drums).
2003 "Adide Sulo" for Saxophon Ensemble B and Organ.
2008 und 2010 music for a documentary film about the Swiss Artist Bettina Eichin.
2008 "Hymnus" for Vocal Arts.
2009 "Vergessene Zeichen" for the Engelberger Kammercellisten.
2011 "Chari Rama" for the Engelberger Kammercellisten.
2012 "Ase Chonguri" for the Trio Blue Ayre.
2012 "Aussen Innen" for the Epos Ensemble.
2000 Daphioni Klaviertrio (Mozart, Schostakowitsch, own compositions)
2004 Daphioni Klaviertrio (Haydn, Schumann, own compostions)
2007 debut CD "Lieder aus einer Insel"(publisher "Peregrina Music")
2008 vocals on "The One Two Bird And The Half Horse" by Orla Wren
2010 participation on the CD "Klangwelten" of the Weltmusik Festival
2012 CD of ensemble "Blue Ayre" with compositions by Russudan Meipariani, among others
2013 debut CD "Distances" by "Veli Ulevi" (self publishing)
Russudans music was broadcasted on following radio and TV stations: MDR, NDR, WDR, SWR2, SWR4, FRS, Radio Berlin, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Radio Blau, Rockradio, Radio Vorarlberg (Austria), RCS (Italy), First Voice, Radio Muza, Tabula, folkradio (Georgia). Reports and interviews had been telecasted in Germany, Italy, Spain and Georgia.