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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.


A Time to Remember

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Évasion; Hape Derën; A Time To Remember; Whispers Of Water; E Vogël; Dawn; First Song; Mora Testinë; Send In The Clowns; Mallëngjimi; Sunderland; I'll Be Seeing You.


Article: Profile

Rob Luft: Burning the Candle at Both Ends

Read "Rob Luft: Burning the Candle at Both Ends" reviewed by Peter Jones

What kind of musician gets asked to write a concerto for a 65-piece orchestra--the BBC Concert Orchestra, no less--when still in his twenties, and when he has never previously written for an orchestra? Well, somehow or other, UK guitarist Rob Luft is that kind of musician. Writing for an orchestra is something he has ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Elina Duni, Veronica Swift, Maria Pia de Vito, Gabriela Martina & More

Read "Elina Duni, Veronica Swift, Maria Pia de Vito, Gabriela Martina & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Too often we focus our attention on instrumental jazz... in this hour we remedy that by paying special attention to jazz vocalists who excel at surprising and challenging expectations.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Kurt Elling, Charlie Hunter “Freeman Square" SuperBlue: The Iridescent Spree ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Celebrating Citizen Wayne Shorter And New Releases

Read "Celebrating Citizen Wayne Shorter And New Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne

There are all new releases on this show, with a great compilation of Wayne Shorter's music from the Posi-Tone label. In addition there are new albums from Francisco Mela & Jonathan Reisin, Ivo Perelman & Nate Wooley, Todd Mosby, Hutchinson Andrew Trio, Itamar Borochov, Elina Duni with Rob Luft plus Matthieu Michel & Fred Thomas, Matt ...


Article: Album Review

Elina Duni: A Time to Remember

Read "A Time to Remember" reviewed by Chris May

Someone once described Leonard Cohen's music as “uplifting in a peculiarly depressing way." The music of singer Elina Duni and guitarist Rob Luft is not depressing, though it certainly is uplifting. It is, however, full of tristesse, of sadness for things that are lost, be they people or places. This feeling goes deeper than mere nostalgia. ...


Song of the Day

A Time to Remember

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 05:11

Article: Live Review

Biennale Musica 2021 - Drammaturgie vocali

Read "Biennale Musica 2021 - Drammaturgie vocali" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Venezia Varie sedi 17—26.9.2021 Lucia Ronchetti è la prima donna ad essere nominata alla direzione artistica di Biennale Musica dopo sessantaquattro edizioni di monopolio maschile. Un fatto che ci appare come un evento straordinario solo per il fatto di essere tardivo; ci si domanda perché mai non sia potuto accadere prima ...


Article: Building a Jazz Library

Guitar Gods & Goddesses: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

Read "Guitar Gods & Goddesses: An Alternative Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Although it has been present in jazz since the 1920s, when it was routinely used in rhythm sections, as a solo instrument the guitar struggled to make itself heard--literally--until the second half of the 1930s, when reliable pick-ups and portable amplifiers became available. Foremost among the pioneers of the electrified instrument was Charlie Christian, a member ...


Article: Album Review

Shai Maestro: Human

Read "Human" reviewed by Chris May

After paying his dues with Avishai Cohen, with whose Trio he recorded four well received albums, pianist Shai Maestro cut loose on his own, debuting with Shai Maestro Trio (Laborie) in 2013. Human is Maestro's sixth own-name album and his second on ECM, followingThe Dream Thief in 2018. The new disc is elegant, expansive, emotionally charged ...


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