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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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Label: ECM Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Bella C Dormi; Brighton; I’m A Fool To Want You; Numb; Lost Ships; The Wayfaring Stranger; Flying Kites; Lux; Kur Me Del Ne Dere; N’at Zaman; Empty Street; Hier Encore.

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The British guitarist Rob Luft has already released one of the great albums of 2020 with Life Is The Dancer (Edition), which came out back in the spring. Now Luft notches up another 2020 highlight with the collaborative Lost Ships (ECM), jointly conceived and co-led with the Albanian-Swiss singer Elina Duni. By turns passionate and grave, ...

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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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