Foreignness of Sound: Robert Chenciner + Sayat Nova Project

15 Dec 2014

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Thornhaugh Street

London, United Kingdom


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Foreignness of Sound addresses the relationship between language, sound and the concept of national and human communication, in the context of multiplicity of languages and identities in the region of Caucasus. The project represents the UK instalment of the Transkaukazja festival.


Monday 15 December 2014 | SOAS @ 5:30pm

Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG

Room G51


This event is co-hosted by SOAS Vostok Society


Robert Chenciner - Masks, dragons eagles and tattoos secret language in the Caucasus

Robert Chenciner has travelled extensively throughout the region, including largely inaccessible and mountainous part of the Caucasus and gives a fascinating account of the local vanishing traditional cultures and multi-ethnic population in his books and publications. At SOAS he will present a talk on symbol system, tattoos, languages, folk art and kitchen gadgets, accompanied by presentation of hid findings like; bourka hairy felt cape, papakha hats, masks, books, textiles, spoonboxes etc.


Sayat Nova Project - Talk/Presentation, “Mountains of Tongues, Musical Dialects from the Caucasus”

Stefan Williamson Fa from the Sayat Nova Project will share the group's on going work on the diverse music of the Caucasus. The presentation will focus on the indigenous languages of the Caucasus, illustrated by audio and video recordings of songs in lesser known languages and instruments that exist in extremely small numbers.

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Katarzyna Sobucka

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Robert Chenciner

Stefan Williamson


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