About The Light Year
“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).
Band continued its journey and with renewed crew conducted overwhelmingly breathtaking show at the National Theater of Shota Rustaveli in 2009. Poject was somehow resembling rock-cantata implemented in 2006, however it was performed in altered way. The show was carying charity image and all the income from it was transfered to the fund of supporting families which suffered casualties in August War in Georgia, moreover, it assisted the building of a church for the memory of tragically died soldiers. In addition, this concert was recorded and recently band is working on the DVD release of unforgetable show.