Joseph Jordania (1954) - Doctor of Music, Professor, Research Associate of the Faculty of Music at the University of Melbourne (Australia).
Graduate of the V.Saradjishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire (1978) he is the author of more than 90 publications in several languages,
including major articles in "The New Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians", "Garland Encyclopedia of World Music" and a book
"Georgian Traditional Polyphonic Cultures" (Tbilisi University Press, 1989). He is one of the organizers of international
conferences "On Problems of Traditional Polyphony" in Georgia (1984, 1986, 1988).
1991 - Doctor of Music (Dr Mus) in musicology (ethnomusicology), awarded by Kiev State Conservatory (Ukraine).
1982 - PhD in Musicology (Ethnomusicology). “Modulations in East Georgian Drone Songs”, Tbilisi State Conservatory.
1978 - BA (Hons) in ethnomusicology. Tbilisi State Conservatory, Republic of Georgia (former USSR), 1978.
September 1979 – October 1995. Lecturer, then senior lecturer, then Professor of Tbilisi State Conservatory. In 1983-1984 - Dean of the Faculty of Musicology.
March 1987 - October 1995. Head of the Ethnomusicology Board of Georgian State.
February 1988 – October 1995. Head of the Musical Section of the Centre for Mediterranean Studies, Tbilisi State University .
In 1984, 1986, 1988 organized international conferences “Problems of Folk Polyphony”, and was the editor of published materials of these conferences.
From 1980 – Soloist performer (guitar) of Georgian State Philharmonic society (concerts, recordings, radio and TV appearances).
Since 1995, Joseph Jordania has lived in Melbourne, Australia.
From 1996. Visiting Lecturer of Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia
From December 1999 - Research Associate, then Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne.
Also teaches at Australian Music Teachers Register (from 1997), Mercy College (from 2002) and Glenvale Secondary School (from 2006)
From 1996 founding member of the vocal ensembles ‘Golden Fleece’ and ‘Gorani’. Concerts: participation in National and International Festivals, Radio and TV appearances (Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, Georgia), released CDs.
From August 1996. Leader of singing workshops throughout Australia and internationally, including Canberra National Folk festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Sydney A Cappella Festival, Melbourne A Cappella Festival, festivals and performances in Cardiff, Wales, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Paris, New Zealand.
Joseph Jordania delivered papers on numerous International ethnomusicological conferences and symposia, including Sofia (Bulgaria, 1989), Mainz (Germany, 1991), Geneva (Switzerland, 1991), Cardiff (UK, 1994, 1995, 1999), Chicago (USA, 1997, 1999), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil, 2001), Tbilisi (Georgia, 2002, 2004, 2006).
Joseph Jordania is the author of the idea, convener, organizer and the editor of published materials of the series of international conferences “Problems of Traditional Polyphony”, held in Georgia since 1984. With the help of UNESCO and funding from the Japanese government, these conferences led to the establishment of the International Research Centre of Traditional Polyphony at Tbilisi State Conservatory in 2002. Joseph Jordania is a member of the Steering Board of the International Research Centre of Traditional Polyphony.
Joseph Jordania is the author of over 90 publications in several languages (English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Bulgarian, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Georgian), contributor of major articles to the 2001 edition of The New Grove Encyclopedia of Music and Musicians, and Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (2000). Here is the list of his selected publications:
* 2006. “Who Asked the First Question: Origins of Vocal Polyphony, Human Intelligence, Language and Speech”. 452 pages. Tbilisi: Logos (Tbilisi State University).
* 2005. “Interrogo Ergo Cogito: Responsorial Singing and the Origins of Human Intelligence”, in Problems of Traditional Polyphony. Materials of the Second International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony, held at the International Research Centre of Traditional Polyphony at Tbilisi State Conservatory on September 23-28, 2004. Edited by Rusudan Tsurtsumia and Joseph Jordania, pg. 33-44. Tbilisi State Conservatory (in English and Georgian).
* 2004. “Multidisciplinary Approach to the Problem of the Origins of Vocal Polyphony”, in Problems of Traditional Polyphony. Materials of the First International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony, held at the Research Centre of Traditional Polyphony in Tbilisi on October 2-9, 2002. Edited by Rusudan Tsurtsumia and Joseph Jordania, pg 79-89. Tbilisi State Conservatory.
* 2004. 99 Georgian Songs: a collection of traditional Folk, Church and Urban Songs from Georgia (song notes, translations, computer work by Joseph Jordania). Centre for Performance Research, UK: Black Mountain Press.
* 2002. “Etnomuzikologia: Mezhdisciplinarnie perspektivi” [Ethnomusicology: Interdisciplinary Perspective], in: Collection of Articles of Russian National Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinematography, Dedicated to the 60th anniversary of Izaly Zemtsovsky. Editor in Chief Nailia Almeeva, pg. 236-249. Saint Petersburg (In Russian).
* 2001. “Stuttering in the Chinese Population in Some South-East Asian Countries: A Preliminary Investigation on Attitude and Incidence”. Published as a part of the International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference on www.mankato.mnsu.edu/dept/comdis/isad4.html. (Together with Sheree Reese, USA), October 2001.
* 2001. “Moral Models and Ethics in the Study of the Origins of choral Polyphony”, in Proceedings of the International Conference “Problems of Traditional Polyphony”, held in Tbilisi, Georgia, 10-15th November 1998. Edited by Rusudan Tsurtsumia et al, pg. 328 - 343. Tbilisi: Tbilisi State Conservatory, 2001. (In English and Georgian).
* 2001. “Georgia: Traditional Music” (together with Grigol Chkhikvadze), in: The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Revised Edition. Editor in Chief: Stanley Sadie. Vol. 8, pg. 669-680. (Together with Grigol Chkhikvadze), 2001.
* 2001. “The Incidence of Stuttering among Chinese: Preliminary Investigation”. In Speech, Language and Hearing Association News, volume 5, Issue 2, April-May, pg. 2-3, Singapore, 2001.
* 2000. “Georgia”, in: Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Vol. 8 Europe. Editors: Timothy Rice, James Porter and Chris Goertzen, pg. 826-849. New York: Garland Publishing, 2000.
* 2000. “North Caucasia”, in: Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Vol. 8 Europe. Editors: Timothy Rice, James Porter and Chris Goertzen, pg. 850-865. New York: Garland Publishing, 2000.
* 2000. “Question Intonation, Speech Pathologies, and the Origins of Polyphony”, in: Proceedings of the International Conference “Problems of Traditional Polyphony”, held in Tbilisi, Georgia, 10-15th November 1998. Edited by Rusudan Tsurtsumia, pg. 143-155. Tbilisi State Conservatory (in Georgian with extended English Summary).
* 1999. “Polyphonies vocales de Svanétie”, in: Géorgie. Chœur Riho de Mestia: Polyphonies vocales de Haute-Svanetie, CD. Foreword and comments written by Joseph Jordania. Paris: Inedit, Maison des Cultures du Monde, 1999.
* 1998. “Ivane Javakhishvili: Kartuli musikis istoriis dziritadi sakitxebi” [Ivane Javakhishvili. Main Problems of the History of Georgian Music], in: Ivane Javakhishvili. Works in 12 Volumes. (Editing, foreword and notes by Joseph Jordania). Editor in Chief Mariam Lortkipanidze. Volume 11, pg. 672-677. Tbilisi: Mecniereba (in Georgian).
* 1997. “Perspective of Interdisciplinary Research of Part-Singing Phenomenon”, in Ethnomusicology and Historical Musicology - Common Goals, Shared Methodologies? Erich Stockmann zum 70 Geburtstag. Edited by Christoph-Hellmut Mahling and Stephan Munch, pg. 211-216. Tutzing: Verlegt Bei Hans Schneider.
* 1995. “Georgian Chants”, in: Georgian Chants. Collection of Georgian Medieval Church-Songs. Edited by Tamar Gochiashvili, Pg. XV. Tbilisi: Georgian Patriarchate Press.
* 1995. Georgian Ethnomusicologists at the International Conferences. Georgian Folklore. Information Bulletin, 1995, 2: 28-31. Tbilisi>: Georgian Academy of Science Press.
* 1995. “Angemitonika i Gemitonika” [Anhetony and Hemitony], in “Pentatonic System in the Context of the World Musical cultures”, Proceedings of the International Conference, held at Kazan State Conservatory on 1-2 November 1993. Ed. in Chief L.B.Brazhnik, pg. 40-42. Kazan: Academy of Sciences of Tatarstan.
* 1994. “Tonuri enebi: ori epokis zgvarze” [Tone Languages: On the Edge of Two Epochs], in: Proceedings of the 53rd Conference of Georgian Institute of Linguistics. Edited by Besarion Jorbenadze, pg. 25-26. Tbilisi>: Georgian Academy of Science Press, 1994 (in Georgian).
* 1993. “K voprosu sravnitel’nogo izuchenia moduliacionnyh planov Gruzinskih narodnyh protiazhnyh pesen’” [Problem of Comparative Study of Modulation Plans of Georgian Long Songs], in: Shalva Aslanishvili: Musician, Scientist, Teacher. Edited by Erna P. Meskhishvili, pg. 280-292. Moscow: Kompozitor (in Russian).
* 1993. “Skesis factori enobrivi da musikaluri movlenebis kvlevashi” [Gender Factor in Musicological and Linguistic Studies], in Proceedings of the 32nd Conference of Georgian Institute of Linguistic. Edited by Besarion Jorbenadze, pg. 39-40. Tbilisi: Georgian Academy of Science Press, 1993 (in Georgian).
* 1992. Indoevropelebis problema musikaluri monacemebis shukze [Problem of Indo-Europeans in the Light of Musical Data]. Matsne, Bulletin of the Academy of Science of Georgia, Serial of History, Ethnography and Arts History. 1992, 3:42-55 (in Georgian with Russian summary).
* 1992. Mnogogolosie i zaikanie [Polyphony and Stuttering]. Novaia Gazeta 1992, 11:10 (National Newspaper, 3500 words, in Russian).
* 1989. Gruzinskoe traditsionnoe mnogogolosie v mezhdunarodnom kontekste mnogogolosnix kultur: k voprosy genezisa mnogogolosia [Georgian Traditional Polyphony in International Context of Polyphonic Cultures: The Problem of Origins of Polyphony]. Tbilisi: Tbilisi State University Press. 380 pages (in Russian with English summary).
* 1989. Narodno mnogoglasie, etnogenez i rasogenez [Folk Polyphony, Ethnogenesis and Race Genesis]. Muzikalni Xorizonti 1989, 5: 20-29. Bulgaria, Sofia, (in Bulgarian).
* 1989. “Noviy vzgliad na muzikal’nuiu Kul’turu narodov drevnei Perednei Azii: k voprosy mnogogolosia” [Re-assessment of Musical Traditions of Ancient Middle Eastern Peoples: The Problem of Polyphony], in: Folk music: History and Typology. Edited by Izaly Zemtsovsky, pg. 75-80. Leningrad: Leningrad State Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinema Press (in Russian).
* 1988. “Narodnoe mnogogolosie, etnogenez i rasogenez” [Folk Polyphony, Ethnogenesis and Race Genesis]. Sovietskaia Etnografia 1988, 2:23-33 (in Russian with English summary).
* 1988. “Genezis mnogogolosia i problema proisxozhdenia chlenorazdel’noi rechi” [Origins of Polyphony and the Problem of Geneses of Articulated Speech], in: Proceedings of the conference ’Problems of Traditional Polyphony’. Edited by Joseph Jordania, pg. 21-23. Tbilisi: Tbilisi State University Press (in Russian).
* 1987. khalkhuri mravalkhmianobis shedarebiti shescavlis perspektivebi [Perspective of Comparative Study of Folk Polyphony]. Sabchota Khelovneba 1987:67-73 (in Georgian with Russian Summary).
* 1986. Mnogogolosie i etnogenez [Polyphony and Ethno-Genesis], in: Proceedings of the International conference ‘Problems of Traditional Polyphony’, held in Borjomi, Georgia, 9-13 November 1986. Edited by Joseph Jordania, pg. 11-13. Tbilisi> (in Russian).
* 1986. “Muzikal’nii iazyk, muzikal’naia kul’tura i mnogogolosie” [Musical Language, Musical Culture and Polyphony], in: Proceedings of the conference “Problems of Genesis and Specificity of an Early Forms of Musical Culture”, held in Dilijan, Armenia, on 24-30 October 1986, pg. 32-33. Erevan: Academy of Science of Armenia (in Russian).
* 1985. “K voprosu vozniknovenia burdonnogo trexgolosia v Gruzinskom narodnom muzikal’nom tvorchestve” [Problem of Emergence of Three-Part Drone Polyphony in Georgian Folk Music], in: Problems of Traditional Polyphony, compiled and edited by Joseph Jordania, pg. 21-24. Tbilisi: Sabchota Sakartvelo. 1985 (in Georgian with English summary).
* 1985. kartuli xalxuri mravalxmianobis sakitxisatvis [On Georgian Folk Polyphony]. Sabchota Xelovneba 2: 52-54 (in Georgian with Russian summary).
* 1984. Georgian Folk-Singing: Its Sources, Emergence and Modern Development. International Social Science Journal Vol. 36, No. 3: 537-549. Paris, UNESCO.
* 1984. Termin “chakrulos” dadgenisatvis [On the Origins of the Term “Chakrulo”]. Sabchota Xelovneba 3: 66-68 (in Georgian with Russian summary).
* 1983. “harmoniuli funkcionalizmis sakitxisatvis kartul xalxur simgerebshi” [On Harmonic Functionality in Georgian Folk Songs], in: Scale, Melody and Rhythm of Georgian Folk Music. Editor in Chief Alexander Shaverzashvili, pg. 53-71. Tbilisi: Georgian Academy of Science Press (in Georgian with Russian summary).
* 1982. kartuli xalxuri simgera [Georgian Folk Song]. Programme for the musical schools of Georgia for the subject “Georgian Folk Song”. Tbilisi, Methodical Centre of Georgian Ministry of Culture. 1982, 30 pages (in Georgian).
* 1981. ‘Chakrulosa’ da ‘grdzeli kaxuri mravalzhamieris’ zogierti taviseburebis shesaxeb [On Some Peculiarities of ‘Chakrulo’ and ‘Long Kakhetian Mravalzhamier’]. Sabchota Xelovneba 12: 58-62 (in Georgian with Russian summary).
* 1980. Gruusialaisten kansanlaulujen alkuperäisestä polyfoniasta ja harmoniasta [Original Forms of Harmony and Polyphony in Georgian Folk Songs]. Musiikki 4: 215-227. Helsinki (in Finnish).
* 1980. “modulacia didi sekundit zevit kartl-kaxur burdonul simgerebshi” [Modulations on a Major Second Up in Kartli-Kaxetian Drone Songs], in: Collection of Articles of Tbilisi State Conservatory, 8: 38-56 (in Georgian with Russian summary).
* 1980. erti kartuli kadansis shesaxeb [On One Georgian Cadence]. Sabchota Khelovneba 1:80-83 (in Georgian with Russian summary).
* 1979. “modulacia patara da didi terciit kvevit” [Modulation on Minor and Major Third Lower], in: Collection of Articles of Tbilisi State conservatory, 7: 68-80 (in Georgian, with Russian summary).