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Saz'iso (Albania)

The joys and sorrows of Southern Albanian song

Saz'iso hail from the stark landscapes of Southern Albania - a polyphonic music with the power to entrance any listener, even if they are strangers to the culture of this long-isolated country. Urban instruments such as clarinet and violin took their inspiration from the iso-polyphonic singing of the villages where vocalists follow the ancient patterns of 'lead' and 'cutting' voices to improvise swirls around the melody, with moods ranging from aching, blues-like ‘kaba’ to joyful dances. This hand-picked ensemble includes some of the finest contemporary performers of this mesmerizing style originating in the cradles of Saze around the beautiful towns of Korça and Përmet, opening a window into Albania's fascinating musical traditions.

“mesmerising and deeply moving” - Joe Boyd, producer

​01 Nov       Cardiff | RWCMD
03 Nov       Bangor | Pontio

04 Nov       London | LSO St Luke's

05 Nov       Milton Keynes | The Stables

06 Nov       Cambridge | Junction
07 Nov       York | NCEM
08 Nov       Bristol | Colston Hall /Lantern
09 Nov       Sheffield | University Concerts
10 Nov       Lincoln | Performing Arts Centre

11 Nov       Gateshead | Sage Gateshead


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