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Joe Boyd and Jerry Boys will join Edit Pula and Andrea Goertler in Tirana to record some of Albania's greatest Saze musicians!
Joe Boyd and Jerry Boys will join Edit Pula and Andrea Goertler in Tirana to record some of Albania's greatest Saze musicians!
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In the first quarter of the last century, urban life boomed as millions migrated to cities. Jazz, tango, flamenco, Cuban son, Bosnian sevdah and so many other great musical forms grew in this cauldron of rural roots colliding with urban lives. From these styles came the nascent recording industry’s new stars.

One of the least known - and under-recorded – is the Saze music of Southern Albania, which has flourished for over a century in the beautiful cities of Korce, Permet and Berat. The aching blues of the „Kaba“ clarinet and violin, the intricate rhythms of the dances, the polyphonic melodies and the soulful singing deserve a global audience.

Working with the legendary engineer Jerry Boys, my local co-producers Edit Pula and Andrea Goertler and an ensemble of some of the greatest Albanian virtuosi, I intend to correct this with a new recording.

Last December we all gathered in Korce to meet and play (the source of the clip at the top). In selecting the performers we were guided by the Radio 3 World Routes programmes on Albanian music on which Edit worked with our friend and inspiration, Lucy Durán.

We have the support of Bryn Ormrod from London’s Barbican Arts Centre and Katerina Pavlakis from Making Tracks who will bring our group to London and the rest of the UK in the autumn of 2017. Jerry and I have made fruitful recording journeys before – to Madrid for the Songhai CDs in the 1980s, to Havana for the Cubanismo recordings, to Budapest for a Muzsikás project...

With your generous donations, we will carry on this tradition in Tirana this November and create a sonic monument to this beautiful music from one of the last unknown corners of European musical culture.

Risks and challenges

Joe Boyd and Jerry Boys can be counted among the world's most experienced in the field of far-flung recording projects. Between them, they have returned from journeys to Cuba, Mali, Hungary, Bulgaria, Senegal and Brazil with master recordings that have set a standard for quality. With the local expertise of Edit Pula and Andrea Goertler, we are confident the all obstacles can be overcome.

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    A copy of Joe's “White Bicycles"

    For those who are more fans of Pink Floyd and Nick Drake than Albanian folk music, an (English) copy of Joe’s book “White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s.”

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    A signed copy of Fred Abrahams' great book “Modern Albania: From Dictatorship to Democracy and our beautiful Saze CD.

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    A pair of concert tickets (UK tour)

    A pair of tickets to a UK concert by the Saze musicians in the autumn of 2017. Dates not yet announced but most English regions and Wales will be covered. First come, first served!

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    Meet Joe Boyd and Jerry Boys!

    A pair of tickets to a London gathering with Joe Boyd and Jerry Boys in the first half of 2017. They’ll talk about making records in far-flung locations – Cuba, Bulgaria, Mali etc. – and answer questions from the audience. First come, first served!

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    An evening of Albanian music and food

    If you can make your way to Tirana (good air connections from all parts of Europe), we will organise and join you for a private evening of Albanian folk music and delicious food. Dates to be arranged individually, but no later than September 2017 .

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