Rebuild the Wurdeman/Mindorashvili Home in Sighnaghi
Organized by: Friends of Wurdeman Mindorashvili
The home of the beloved husband and wife team John Wurdeman and Ketevan Mindorashvili in the medieval fortress city of Sighnaghi, in the Republic of Georgia recently was totally destroyed by fire. Over the years, this amazing couple has brought attention to and helped resurrect long forgotten Georgian Folk Music and Georgian wine making techniques. Their lost home in Sighnaghi continuously had hosted multitudes of dignitaries, travelers and local residents. John and Ketevan have spent untold hours and personal funds helping struggling artists, musicians, fellow Georgian and travelers. They have given so generously of their talents and knowledge, thus changing many lives for the better. Now they need your help.
John Wurdeman first came to the Republic of 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 and in the center of the wine region. In 1998 John moved to Sighnaghi to live full time. John has divided his time between his passions - wine, art and Georgian music. John's wife Ketevan Mindorashvili founded and directs the Zedashe choir and dance ensemble based out Sighnaghi. The current incarnation of the ensemble was founded in the mid-1990's to sing repertoire largely lost during the Communist ear. Their repertoire consists of ancient polyphonic chants from the Orthodox Christian liturgy, folk songs and folk dances from different regions of Georgia. By funding the rebuilding of their lost home, you will help keep the initiatives that they have championed alive. Thank you for your support.