Embassy Events 2009
The Omar Torrez Band in Tbilisi
April 4-10, 2009
The Omar Torrez Band played to overflow crowds in the Georgian cities of Gori, Telavi and Tbilisi the first week of April. In Gori, the band preformed a benefit concert for an audience of close to 1,000, composed largely of internally displaced children from the August Russian-Georgian war in South Ossetia, with the Deputy Governor and DCM Kent Logsdon in attendance and broad local and national television coverage. In Telavi, Torrez conducted a master class for young aspiring guitarists at a local Music College (High School for Young Musicians), and the band's performance was broadcast live on local television.
In Tbilisi, Torrez conducted a afternoon master class / jam session with Conservatory students. Ambassador John Tefft introduced the band at the final concert in Tbilisi which attracted a large audience of young people as well as important Embassy contacts. Throughout, Torrez's band was opened by local Georgian singer-songwriter, Lado Burduli. All performances received broad coverage on local and national television stations. Band members said the concert in Gori was particularly meaningful for them, that there was a special energy in the hall, and that they were moved by easing the burden on so many war-affected children.