Ensemble “Rustavi” Administration Press Release, April 1st, 2021  

Prayer for Anzor-sensei

We were truly surprised and grief-stricken by the sudden news of passing away of Mr. Anzor Erkomaishvili learning through Georgian media. We hereby express our sincere condolence. We also received a very kind message from Ms. Hiroko Kako to convey her condolence. Please accept our sincerest prayer for the repose of Anzor-sensei’s soul.

We have met with him many times both in Georgia and Japan and what we learned from him became our blood and flesh to form Geinoh Yamashirogumi as of today. We could not imagine Geinoh Yamashirogumi without Anzor-sensei. When we recall Anzor-sensei at the miraculous encounter in 1980s and last we met at his visit to Japan in 2018 where he pleasantly toasted for both Rustavi and Yamashirogumi, we are again filled with grief.

We could not have any word for his family and members of Rustavi and Martve, but please convey our condolence if you have a chance. It will be appreciated if you kindly tell us anything we could do and let us know about funeral and other occasions where we could be of help. In Japan, we have tradition to send a mourning message to the representative of bereaved family. If you have similar tradition in Georgia to appoint representative for funeral, we would appreciate it if you kindly let us know whom we should send our message.

The passing away of this great musician, researcher and leader is not only a loss for people in Georgia but a loss of a world treasure which shall send a shockwave to globe. We again pray for the repose of Anzor-sensei’s soul.

Sincerely yours,

April 1, 2021

Shoji Yamashiro
Geinoh Yamashirogumi