Saz’iso are a new and unique delight of the world music scene. The band, which hails from the South of Albania, will arrive in the UK in less than two weeks for a much-anticipated tour organised by Making Tracks. Their London show – at LSO St Luke’s – has already sold out.
Born between the mountains of Korça and Përmet in the South of Albania, the group plays saze – a mesmerising musical hybrid, which combines the ancient tradition of iso-polyphonic singing with modern European instruments, providing a path into the undiscovered urban traditions of the “Country of the Eagle”.
Two vocal lines – marrës (the ‘taker’) and prerës (the ‘cutter’) are brought together with a multi-voiced drone or iso. Accompanied by a host of master instrumentalists on violin, clarinet, traditional llautë (lute), fyell (shepherd’s flute) and dayereh (frame drum), Saz’iso depict stories of love and sorrow with mourning tunes and energetic rhythms, intertwined in an irresistible dichotomy of sounds.
Catch Saz’iso on tour this November and discover new vibrations that reach deep into the soul.
With At Least Wave Your Handkerchief at Me, Southern Albanian traditional ensemble Saz’iso will instantly make you feel homesick, regardless of the place you hail from. It is mature, honest and elegantly countrified. Hidden in the mountains of Southern Albania, ‘Saze’ is a heartfelt musical tradition, often present at funerals,…