MASTERCLASSES at the Tbilisi State Conservatory

In an initiative of the Portuguese Language Center at TSU, next week there will be two MASTERCLASSES at the Tbilisi State Conservatory, presented by Daniela Tomaz and Didier François [Ensemble MED]

They were conceived for the Conservatory Students, but are open to anyone interested in the topics.

I. 5th may 3pm | Masterclass “Raízes da Polifonia de Língua Portuguesa [Roots of Portuguese Polyphony]”

This Masterclass approaches and wishes to unveil the connection between the written and oral polyphony of Portugal and Georgia.


II. 6th may 6pm | Masterclass “Improvisation on the Simbiosis between Early and World Music”

This Masterclass/Meeting with Students of the Ethno Jazz Department will be based on Improvisation over some of the Iberian Medieval Music written sources worked by Ensemble MED.

coro das macadeiras

The ENSEMBLE MED [med: mediterranean/medieval] is a music performing-research lab aiming at exploring the limits between Early Music and World Music i.e. the written source versus the oral tradition. This new source of inspiration is two folded: on one hand, the interpretation of medieval Western music into the living performance practice and on the other hand, the oral tradition practice from ethnomusicologists research into the historically informed realm. The performance practice of such distant repertoire represents undoubtedly immense creative possibilities. The outcome presented today is a sum of steps that gradually builds itself from the written material offered by the source into a kind of live improvisation, that we believe is closer to the piece historical performance practice.

DANIELA TOMAZ | flautas/adufe e direcção artística
[flutes/squared frame drum and Artistic Direction]

Daniela Tomaz was born in Porto, Portugal. In 2001 she obtained the degree of Complementary Studies in Recorder at the Conservatório de Música do Porto. In April 2012, she graduated (Cum Laude) in Recorder, from the Early Music Department of the Utrecht Conservatory, under guidance of Heiko Ter Schegget. She also studied Traverso with Wilbert Hazelzet. Furthermore she received historically informed ensemble practice with Siebe Henstra, Wouter Verschuren, Frank de Bruine, Adrián Rodriguez Van der Spoel and Rebecca Stewart. She is Artistic director within three active ensembles: Ensemble Med (,Voce Humana ( and No Sopro do Vento, having played in several venues in the Netherlands, France and Portugal, mainly the Fringe Series of the 30th edition of the Utrecht Early Music Festival (August 2011), De Open Blokfluit Dagen Amsterdam (October 2012), the KastelconcertenSeries, Rasa Theatre, the 2nd and 3rd Edition of the Ciclo de Música Antiga [Early Music Festival] Sons Antigos a Sul (Algarve, Portugal – August 2013 and 2014) and the Catherijn Convent Music Series, August 2014, with Didier François. As an active chamber music musician she is often invited to other early music ensembles and musicians: Rosa Gallica, Trovas d’Amigo, Les Guillaumes, Fontys Early Music Ensemble, Henk Verhoef, Leids Barok Ensemble, Capella Duriensis, with whom she recorded the Missa pro Defunctis of Lourenço Ribeiro [Música Sacra de Portugal Vol. 1 – O Rito Bracarense], under the artistic direction of Jonathan Ayerst, in April 2013. Daniela is currently the Artistic Director of Academia de Música de Lagos, Portugal.

DIDIER FRANÇOIS | viola d’amore a chiavi [nyckelharpa]

Didier François, artista sonoro e músico, foi o responsável pela re-descoberta da nyckelharpa ou viola d’amore a chiavi, sendo um dos arautos de divulgação deste instrumento com raízes históricas antigas. “Didier Francois, a sound artist, a musician and musica designer, offers us a small revolution in strings and emotions. Viola d’amorer a chiavi (Nyckelharpa) is the name of the instrument, the object and the product, virtually, of his creativity and expression. Look closely at the photo and, most importantly, listen: a body of a grand violin or, rather, a viola, strings being rubbed by the bow, and below, a multitude of resonance strings that is to say which resonate only by the vibration of the sound wave. Between the body of the instrument and the key, a unique keyboard complements this fantastic thing and opens up to polyphony. The instrument was used in baroque music; but was later forgotten. It remained in use in the traditional music of the Nordic countries and, to our delight, was discovered by Didier François, Belgian artist, tenacious craftsman, with a lively and profound inspiration. Evidenced by his albums, he reinvents the Viola d’amore a chiavi in reviving the thread between history and geography, and emotions, and invites us to vibrate for a wonderful revolution with his arrangements of masterpieces by J.S.Bach, Robert De Visée, Marain Marais, Robert Johnson or Sylvius Leopold Weiss. His technique is completely original which he has built up over the years. To allow for the rich expression of the Nyckelharpa, it was necessary to develop a technique impregnated by the freedom of traditional chant. This makes the simple and pure sound stand out, just like a natural voice. This technique has been mixed with the technical rigour of scholar musicians who, through the power of the written can access true richness of harmony, a technique capable of opening the wonderful and borderless world of reverberation of resonance cords. Didier François has worked for years on the credo by Arthur Grumiaux, great Belgian violinist who has inspired him so much. The freedom of composition and the music are also the results of the exploration of live creation. Didier François’ path began with the great Stephane Grappelli. Along the way he met performing artists: choreographer Anne-Marie Porras and the Brussels ensemble known for its bilingual interpretations of classics by Shakespeare, Marivaux, Corneille, for whom he was musical attaché for over ten years; film musicians, storytellers and , Howard Shore – The Lord of the rings, Armand Amar – César award-winner for Le concert, Costa-Gavras – Amen and Le Couperet, Yann Arthus-Bertrand – Earth seen from the sky; he has accompanied the voices of other artists such as Ulrika Boden, Swedish revelation, Renauld Garcia Fons, Gabriel Yacoub, Gilles Chabenat, Levon Minassian, duduk player for Peter Gabriel; He is a member of the Belgian consort Zefiro Torna.

More information: Contact Daniela Tomaz (



Promoted by:
Instituto Camões
Tbilisi State University
Supported by:
– Academia de Música de Lagos, Portugal
– Tbilisi State Conservatory