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Iriao will represent Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal 2018!

Iriao’s distinct repertoire isbuilt on Georgian authentic folk ground, although the banddoes not aim to modernize unique Georgian polyphony music (recognized by UNESCO as an oral masterpiece of intangible world culturalheritage) but rather saturate and adorn it with jazzelements. This synthesis is well introduced by DavidMalazonia through his special experienceand respect for this music, and performed by the band withutmost subtlety. Iriao is a Georgian ethno jazz group founded in Tbilisi,Georgia.Its name comes from a common phrase“iriao-uruao” used in traditional Georgian yodelingsinging style "Krimanchuli". Having richexperience both in Georgian folk music and jazz, leader oftheband David Malazonia is one of the first Georgian composerswho combined these two genres in his compositions. For thelast 30 years David has been writing music for numeroustheater and film productions both in Georgia and Germanyincluding vocal and instrumentalmusic for the famous Georgian ethno jazz band ADIO being apioneer in Georgian folk-jazz fusion. Iriao’s debut performance took place in June 2013 inTbilisi and received deserved recognition of the audienceand musical press. Since then the band successfullyperformed at Java and Borneo Jazz festivals, receivedrousing applause from the audience in Latvian concert halls, came up with a new project “Messages toKancheli” and gave the concert with Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vakhtang Kakhidze. Iriao is afrequent guest of the numerous corporate and club gigs, andenjoys increasing popularity among thepublic.

Iriao Members:

David Malazonia – Band Leader, Composer, Keys

Nugzar Kavtaradze – Geogian Traditional Instruments

David Japaridze – Percussion

Levan Abshilava – Drums

Shalva Gelekva – Bass

George Abashidze – Vocals

Mikheil Javakhishvili – Vocals

Bidzina Murgulia - Vocals