Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Light Year

Performance: Rock - Folk Rock - Progressive
Gigi Gegelashvili - author, arrangement, vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitar, flute
Helen Mechitova - violin, vocals
Gvantsa Matiashvili - cello, vocals
Tamuna Shekiladze - keyboards
David Changoshvili - drums
George Iobashvili - bass guitar

The Light Year is one progressive rock group that gets stuck in your head and than lingers. The group’s music is a happy marriage of symphonic music with Georgian folk, letting loose of the psychedelic, philosophic and really strong emotional charge. The Light Year performs both in Georgian and English and employs elements from both the classical and the folk music; larger part of the texts is written by the group; part of the texts are derived from various distinguished poets. “The Light Year” was created in March of 2004. On the 8th of April Tbilisi Mayor’s Office hosted their presentation. 16th June the group held their solo concert in the night club “Noa Noa”. 18th June the group was invited as a special guest to the “Art-Gen” festival of Georgian rock groups in Tbilisi. 27th July the group had another solo concert in another night club “16 Rounds”. On 20th of October they recorded their first CD, a conceptual album named “Sky Way”, the live from the concert held in club “Noa Noa”. “Sky Way” (2004): Gigi Gegelashvili - author, arrangement, vocals, grand piano, acoustic guitar, flute; David Keinashvili – arrangement, keyboards, keyboard bass, vocals; Helen Mechitova - violin, vocals; Natia Chugoshvili - violin, vocals; Giorgi Kikabidze – cello; Zaza Tsertsvadze –drums, percussion; November 14 “The Light Year” held its second concert in club “Noa Noa”. The next concert at “Noa Noa” (12 April, 2005) included songs from their second album "Python's Dream", witch will appear very soon. "Python's Dream" (2007): Gigi Gegelashvili - author, arrangement, vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitar, flute; Helen Mechitova - violin, vocals; Gvantsa Matiashvili – cello, vocals; David Changoshvili - drums; Koba Manjgaladze - electric guitar; David Keinashvili – arrangement, keyboards; George Iobashvili – bass guitar; Zaza Tsertsvadze - drums, bass, percussion. "The Light Year"s project rock-cantata (concert with symphonic orchestra and choir involving up to 150 musicians) called “Generation XXI”, consisted of 10 parts was the first ever rock-cantata in Georgian history. Next success - solo-concert in the hall of the State Technical University (November 11, 2006). Then, on 13 December 2006 concert in the frame of reality show “Geobar”. 2007 year brought an idea about Rock Spectacle, witch included compositions from the second album “Python’s Dream” and was held on 30 May 2007 at the State Concert Hall of Tbilisi (Philharmonic).

March 23, 2008. The Light Year. Drum solo by David Changoshvili.


  1. Anonymous2/07/2009

    to me it's strange :D

  2. Anonymous1/07/2010

    been listening to them all yesterday ... they're amazing ! Gigi Gelelashvili reminds me a lot of ex-Spock's Neal Morse .. his enthousiastic appearance is contaminating (in the most positive sense of the word).. Wonderfull compositions performed by those kids in a most professional way .. even though i don't understand a word (and perhaps just because of that), the language in itself is already a piece of music.