Making Tracks: Saz'iso - The Saze Project

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The Saze hails 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
“music… that beautifully navigates the different and the familiar” Glitterbeat

Buy more than one Making Tracks concert in this series and get £2 off each ticket Chouk Bwa Libete on Thursday 22 February 2018 and Toko Tele on Saturday 21 April 2018. (Ticket Office only)

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