Monday, January 5, 2009

Soft Eject

Performance: Folk - Folk Rock - Psychedelic

Vaho George Babunashvili - Bass guitar, guitars, vocals
Nodar Manchkhashvili - Drums
Anna Sikharulidze -  Accordion and Keyboards
Pecho - vocal, guitar, kayboards
Gia Qarchkhadze - vocal, guitars, bass
George Kobakhidze - Guitar, vocals
Sandro Nikoladze - flute, lira
Emzar Burduli -  French Horn and vocals

 Soft Eject is a Georgian folk-rock band founded in Tbilisi in 1989. The band combines Georgian and European folk influences with psychedelic and art rock music. They chiefly perform in English. Currently, the band consists of seven members: George “Vaho” Babunashvili – bass, vocals; Nodar Manchkhashvili – drums; George “Giorgi” Kobakhidze – guitar, vocals; Alexander “Sandro” Nikoladze – flute, lyre; Emzar Burduli – French horn and vocals; Anna Sikharulidze – accordion and keyboards; and Irakli - guitar, keyboards, vocals. Soft Eject debuted at a Georgian rock festival in Batumi in 1990, and then relocated to Germany touring extensively from 1992 to 1995. In 1995, Soft Eject shot their first video for the single “Please Just Carry On” which remains one of their most popular songs to this day. Next year, the band opened their own recording studio, S.E. Studio. In the 200s, they took part in all important rock festivals in Georgia, organized nation-wide tours and performed several times in the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Russia, and the United States. Soft Eject was involved in the bloodless 2003 Rose Revolution in Georgia, supporting, together with other popular Georgian rock acts, the opposition demonstrations in the inclement weather and earning the nickname “Rain Musicians.” During Ukraine’s similarly non-violent Orange Revolution in 2004, Soft Eject joined other Georgian rock groups such as Zumba and Green Room in a solidarity concert in downtown Kiev to support the local opposition cause. The band members engage in civil society and several other cultural projects. Vaho Babunashvili was a member of the supervisory board for the Georgian Public Broadcasting and has been involved in research and popularization of Georgian folk music. He is also a bass player for the Tbilisi-based jazz-rock band Green Room, a founder of NGO Modern Sound House (MSH) and Step Records Ltd record company. Nodar Manchkhashvili has translated over 30 books from English into Georgian and runs NGO Culture Plus Foundation. George Kobakhidze works as an art manager for the popular radio station “Utsnobi 98.0 FM”. Sandro Nikoladze is one of the lead musicians in the National Ballet Troupe Sukhishvili and performs in Moving Theater. Emzar Burduli performs with the Tbilisi National Symphonic Orchestra. The band’s former guitarist Gia Karchkadze researches Georgian folk instruments and runs a publishing house. He has authored and produced the first interactive Georgian national musical instruments catalogue.The guitarist and singer Pecho, one of the band’s founding members, now pursues a solo career. 

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