Village Harmony

Ketevan Mindorashvili

mindorashviliketevanlgFounder and director of the Zedashe Ensemble, Ketevan Mindorashvili was born in Sighnaghi and raised in a traditional singing family. Keto showed a gift for singing since childhood and continued to study music technique extensively in university. She devoted herself to preserving traditions on the brink of disappearance, and has become known as a singer and a teacher of Georgian folk music, particularly the fluid ornamentation of eastern folk songs. She has a deep knowledge of ancient church chant, and is a master of the panduri, the three-stringed lute from the eastern Georgian region of Kakheti. Keto has searched valleys and mountains for ancient polyphony, collecting folk songs and chants, as well as writing her own music within the tradition. Today she hosts students from all over the world in her native Sighnaghi and travels internationally leading tours of Zedashe and teaching workshops. She has appeared on all Zedashe recordings to date, and has participated in numerous tours to the United States, United Kingdom, and throughout Europe. Keto has been teaching Village Harmony groups in Georgia (and in Corsica in 2014) since 2003.

john_wurdemanKeto is married to an American-born painter, John Wurdeman, who has become the primary organizer for Village Harmony’s Georgia programs. John first came to Georgia in 1995 in search of singers that practiced the ancient art of Georgian polyphony.  In 1996 John purchased a house in Sighnaghi, Georgia, a town famous for the arts with beautiful views and in the center of the wine region.  In 1998 John moved to Sighnaghi to live full time. As a world-renowned vintner and restaurant owner as well as a painter, John divides his time between his main passions – wine, food and art – and finds the three go quite well together. He lives in Sighnaghi with Ketevan and their two children, Lazare and Gvantsa.