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Global Soundtracks: The Saze Project


Time: 7:30pm Saze hails from the stark landscapes of Southern Albania with a polyphonic music which has the power to entrance any listener. 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 originating in the cradles of Saze around the beautiful towns of Korça and Përmet, opening a window into Albania’s fascinating musical traditions. Delivered in partnership with Making Tracks

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