Ensemble Basiani was created in 2000, under the blessing of His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II, Catholicos Patriarch of all Georgia. First it held the status of Folk Ensemble of Georgian Patriarchate. The Ensemble is part of the Tbilisi Holy Trinity Cathedral Choir and it participates in services conducted by the Patriarch himself. Ensemble Basiani is composed of singers from different parts of Georgia. Most members come from families that perform traditional singing and many members have sung folk songs in different ensembles since childhood. We travel with them first to the Monastery of St. Nino at Bodbe in Sighnaghi, Kakheti, Georgia, and then on to Guria to feast, drink and enjoy a traditional Georgian "Supra".

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