Nino Katamadze
National Opera and Ballet Theater

On September 12, 2008, within the framework of the 70th anniversary of Armenian Jazz, Nino Katamadze and her band, Insight will be giving a concert at the National Opera Theater in Yerevan. An interesting event awaits the Yerevan jazz fans – a meeting with a unique singer who daringly breaks the genre barriers. She easily mixes jazz and ethnic music and does it in such an original and effective way that even the experienced listeners have to guess what exactly they are listening to.

Nino Katamadze was born in Kobuleti, Adjaria, the southern province of Georgia. In 1990 she entered the class of M. Makharadze in the Vocal Department of the Batumi Musical Institute after Z.P. Paliashvili. While studying there and after her graduation she performed on stage with various bands and was involved in different musical projects. From 1994 to 1998 she founded and ran a non-governmental charity organization to support disabled and socially vulnerable artists. In 1999 she started creative collaboration with the band Insight, which brought her fame both in her homeland and in Russia. Later, after her trip to Great Britain in 2002 within the framework of the Days of Georgia program, her talent was admired in Europe, as well. Today Nino Katamadze is a permanent guest of all major Russian and European festivals.

Nino Katamadze recorded 3 studio albums, “Ordinary Day”, “White” and “Black” (the latter 2 recorded in 2006) and a live DVD, “Start New Peaceful Day”. She also took part in the recording of soundtracks to several movies, “Apple”, “Orange Sky”, “Road to the Savior” and “Indi”.

She is the winner of numerous awards:

Best female performer of the year, Ovation Prize, Georgia – 2002

Best songwriter and performer of the year, Georgia – 2002

Prize for the most original music, Georgia – 2002

Face of the year, Georgia – 2003

Best female singer of the year, MEGA Prize, Georgia – 2003

Best vocal/instrumental group of the year (Nino Katamadze & Insight), Ovation Prize, Georgia – 2003

Special Odzela Prize for contribution to music, Georgia – 2004

Get ready for a remarkable concert organized by “Armenian Jazz – 70” with the support of the Ministry of Culture of RA.

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