Born in 1997, the young Georgian Anushka Chkheidze is one of the promising talents far beyond the country’s borders; she has already collaborated several times with the Berlin musician Robert Lippok, one of her most important mentors.
Growing up in the small village of Kharagauli, she began singing in the choir at the age of 11. She herself describes the time spent there as magical and believes that her music is strongly influenced by those childhood years.
She released first tracks on the compilation “Sleepers Poets Scientists” curated by Natalie Beridze in January 2019, followed by her debut album “Halfie” in April 2020.
Her second album “Move 20-21” was created during the pandemic and addresses the absence of physical movement and interaction with other people, released in February 2021.
Immediately after a residency in Berlin as part of the Goethe-Nachwuchs and in collaboration with Popkultur Festival 2022, she began her two-year Master of Music Design program at HKU in Utrecht/NL.
Anushka Chkheidze continues to collaborate with choirs, resulting in a composition commission from the Swiss-Georgian festival Close Encounters for the highly regarded Gori Women’s Choir in Georgia.
In the newly renovated research center in Basel, Switzerland, she made field recordings as well as piano and choir recordings last year, leading to her upcoming album “Clean, Clear and White” to be released in 2023.
The year 2023 is marked by invitations to major cross-genre festivals such as Haldern Pop in Germany, Georgian Tkeshi Festival, the Laiks Dejot Festival in Riga and the Trans Musicales in Rennes.
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“With the release of her second album Move 20-21, the Georgian experimental producer shows her truest self by enlisting the help of her creative peers to make a stunning visual album.”
“A portrait of Tbilisi coming to life, captured in one joyful music video.
“Lingotto”, the latest track from Georgian talent Anushka Chkheidze, takes its name from a district in Turin. Its video, however, directed by Anna Sarukhanova, is a sincere love letter to the bustling beat of Tbilisi, the comfort of human interactions (however big or small), and the reassuring busyness of city life before lockdown.”
TOP 25 ALBUMS 2020
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22 – Anushka Chkheidze, Halfie (CES Records)
“Nine of Georgia’s young talents in science and arts have been unveiled at this year’s Tsinandali Award ceremony.”
“…And right after Nadine you will meet the Georgian composer and producer Anushka Chkheidze, whose experimental electronic music is of high accessibility, due to the engaging combination of striking beat patterns, spherical pads and lots of crystal-pop melodies.
Anushka participated together with nine other musicians from all over the world in this years Goethe Talent program at Pop-Kultur festival.
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“(Her album) “Halfie” is reminiscent of early Warp releases by Seefeel or even Aphex Twin, experimental electronic music of high accessibility, which is due to the engaging combination of striking beat patterns, spherical pads and lots of crystal-pop melodies. For Chkheidze, by the way, “Halfie” is “more than an album,” as she puts it in the liner notes, namely “a precious and fragile persona about to lose its identity.” An avant-garde persona that has a lot in common with its creator in terms of the degree of reflection.”
“Das Cover von „Sleepers. Poets. Scientists“ zeigt die neun Musikerinnen in weißen Kitteln in einem altmodischen, sowjetisch angehauchten Laborraum, umgeben von einem Kabelsalat.
Anushka Chkheidze hat mit ihrem Musikstück „Sleepers. Poets. Scientists“ den Titel des Albums vorgegeben. Chkheidze, erst 24 Jahre alt, ist momentan die international bekannteste der neun Musikerinnen. Sie hat während der Pandemie zwei Soloalben veröffentlicht. „Halfie“ war für den IMPALA European Independent Album of the Year Award nominiert.”