Preview: Saz’iso UK Tour (UK-wide, 1st to 11th November 2017)


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.

Their debut album, At Least Wave Your Handkerchief At Me: The Joys and Sorrows of Southern Albanian Song (released in October 2016 by Glitterbeat Records), is co-produced by the legendary Joe Boyd (Pink Floyd, Nick Drake, Toumani Diabaté).

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.

01 Nov       Cardiff | RWCMD
03 Nov       Bangor | Pontio Arts Centre
04 Nov       London | LSO St Luke’s
05 Nov       Milton Keynes | The Stables
06 Nov       Cambridge | Junction
07 Nov       York | NCEM
08 Nov       Bristol | Colston Hall / The Lantern
09 Nov       Sheffield | Sheffield University Concerts
10 Nov       Lincoln | Performing Arts Centre
11 Nov       Gateshead | Sage

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Album review: Saz’iso – At Least Wave Your Handkerchief at Me: The Joys and Sorrows of Southern Albanian Song [Glitterbeat Records, 13th October 2017]

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,…

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