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Elina Duni

Born into an artistic family in Tirana, Albania, in 1981, Elina Duni made her first steps on the stage as a singer aged five, singing for National Radio and Television. In 1992, after the fall of the communist regime, she settled in Geneva, Switzerland, with her mother, where she started studying classical piano and thereafter discovered jazz. She went on to study on the jazz programme at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern. During this time, she formed the Elina Duni Quartet with Colin Vallon on piano, Patrice Moret on double bass and Norbert Pfammatter on drums. This represented a return to her musical roots, a combination of Balkan folk songs and jazz. After two albums, “Baresha” (2008) and “Lume Lume” (2010), both on Meta Records, the quartet went on to release for ECM in 2012, “Matanë Malit” (Beyond the Mountain) and in 2015, “Dallëndyshe” (Swallow), which were praised by the wider European media for their lightness as well as their subtle manner of exploring Albanian folklore. In 2014, Elina Duni released her first album as a singer-songwriter in Kosovo and Albania, entitled “Muza e Zezë” (The Black Muse). In 2017 Elina Duni was one of the recipient of the Swiss Music Prize and started two new projects: - A duo with the highly acclaimed london guitarist Rob Luft - “Aksham” a quintet featuring pianist Marc Perrenoud and trumpet player David Enhco - The project entitled “Partir” featuring Elina Duni as a soloist (accompanying herself on piano, acoustic guitar and percussion), has been released on record in April 2018 on ECM.

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Manfred Eicher: ECM 50 at Centre Culturel Flagey, Brussels

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This article first appeared at italia.allaboutjazz.com. ECM 50Centre Culturel FlageyBrussels, BelgiumNovember 21-24, 2019 During the year marking the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the German record company ECM, there have been numerous music festivals in Europe and America dedicated to the official celebration of the event. One of ...

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Manfred Eicher - L'uomo che fa accadere la musica: ECM 50 a Flagey, Bruxelles

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ECM 50 Centro Culturale Flagey Bruxelles, Belgio 21-24.11.2019 Nell'anno in cui ricorre il cinquantesimo anniversario della fondazione della casa discografica tedesca ECM sono stati numerosi in Europa e America i festival musicali dedicati alla celebrazione ufficiale dell'evento. Uno dei più importanti è sicuramente stato quello svoltosi alla fine di Novembre a ...

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Elina Duni: L'Universalità Della Partenza

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Il poeta greco Euripide scriveva che “non ce più dolore della perdita della propria terra natia" Elina Duni nell'ultimo disco Partir interiorizza con la sua voce struggente, in certi tratti sussurrata ma espressivamente ardente, tale sentimento profondo di allontanamento, spesso forzato, da ciò che più si ama. La partenza diventa l'inizio di un viaggio profondo per ...

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Nicolas Masson: Travelers

Read "Travelers" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Il sassofonista e clarinettista svizzero Nicolas Masson è qui alla testa di una formazione di connazionali che include il ben noto trio del pianista Colin Vallon, autore di diversi dischi per ECM e di supporto anche alla cantante di origini albanesi Elina Duni. Di fatto questo quartetto, noto proprio con il nome che intitola questo album, ...

Partir

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Amara Terra Mia; Let Us Dive In; Mel Amor; Lamma Bada Yatathanna; Vishnja; Lusnak Gisher; Oyfn Veg; Kanga E Krubetit; Ani Kaj Lulije; Vaj Si Kenka; Je Ne Sais Pas; Schönster Abestärn.

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Elina Duni: Partir

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Sometimes a change in musical direction is instigated by life experiences; sometimes it's driven by nothing more than choice. Following two recordings for ECM Records with her Switzerland-based quartet, Elina Duni makes a significant directional shift with the entirely solo Partir. Given the generally introspective nature of 2012's Matanë Malit (Over the Mountain) and 2015's Dallёndyshe ...

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Nicolas Masson: Travelers

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Following two recordings for ECM Records as a member of the cooperative Third Reel (including the trio's self-titled 2013 debut), reed multi-instrumentalist Nicolas Masson strikes out on his own with Travelers, his first album as a leader for the label. Third Reel's Swiss/Italian lineup of reeds, guitar (Roberto Pianca) and drums (Emanuele Maniscalco), along ...

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'Partir' Vishnja

Featuring the music of Elina Duni
Duration: 2:29

Songs of love, loss and leaving. After two highly acclaimed albums with her jazz quartet, Elina Duni issues her most intimate recording to date. The entirely solo Partir features the Tirana-born vocalist, accompanied by her own piano, guitar and frame drum, interpreting songs from very diverse sources. From folk songs and chansons to songs of singer-songwriters. Here we find traditional music from Albania, Kosovo, Armenia, Macedonia, Switzerland and Arab-Andalusia as well as Jacques Brel’s “Je ne sais pas”, Alain Oulman’s “Meu Amor”, Domenico Modugno’s “Amara Terra Mia”, Elina’s own “Let Us Dive In” and more. Duni’s uniquely-expressive voice and pared-down arrangements locate a common thread of longing that runs through the material.
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ECM e le voci: Theo Bleckmann e Sinikka Langeland

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Con gli anni, le voci hanno acquistato un carattere sempre più rilevante nel catalogo ECM rispetto ai tempi della sua fondazione, quando l'etichetta bavarese era rivolta alla pubblicazione di musica di carattere prevalentemente jazzistico e quasi esclusivamente strumentale. I primi nomi di cantanti a trovar spazio nel catalogo dell'etichetta sono stati quelli di Norma Winstone, Aina ...


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