Artist DescriptionIlusha Tsinadze's debut release, Mother Tongue (Deda Ena), is a collection of traditional songs from the Republic of Georgia played by an American ensemble of innovative jazz and folk musicians. Ilusha and the band present this music for the first time tonight at a special CD release concert that will take listeners on a journey from mountain warrior dances to mournful love songs and is sure to be true to tradition and yet unfettered by convention.
Ilusha Tsinadze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, and moved to the New York City area in 1991 when he was 8 years old. Having spent his youth listening to American pop music and later, jazz, he traveled back to his homeland for the first time in his early 20s and fell in love with the traditional music that had been all but hidden from him for so many years. He immediately immersed himself in this music, which he has since adapted for a group of some of his favorite musicians in the States: Rob Hecht (violin), Richie Barshay (percussion), Liam Robinson (accordion), Chris Tordini (bass), and guest Jean Rohe (voice). His music video for the album track Mokhevis Kalo Tinao has earned him national popularity in his native Georgia.