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Theatr Bryn Terfel, Pontio
Friday 3 November 2017, 20:00–22:00

Cabaret Pontio presents


The Joys and Sorrows of Southern Albanian Song

Friday 3 November, 8pm
Theatr Bryn Terfel
£14/£13 concessions

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, blueslike ‘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.

"music... that beautifully navigates the different and the familiar" Glitterbeat