Ensemble Tirana

Ensemble Tirana

 Tirana, Tiranë, ALB
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The Albanian polyphony of the six vocalists of the legendary 'Ensemble Tirana’ sounds mystical, magical, intoxicating, hypnotic, ominous and mysterious

Biography

Mystical, magical, intoxicating, hypnotic, ominous and mysterious: this is how the Albanian polyphony of the six vocalists of the legendary 'Ensemble Tirana sounds.Their polyphony has interfaces with other polyphonic singings from South-East Europe (especially those from Bulgaria, known by the female choir LeMystre des VoixBulgares). But it has its own,  pronounced characteristics. These three- and four-part  polyphonic voices are rich, emotional songs which are among the most beautiful in Europe. A part of the songs sound like a lament, dripping of life suffering, which is not surprising for those who know the history of the small Balkan country.

The South-Albanian polyphonic music sounds both modern and old and is perhaps two thousand years old. It is the oral tradition pur sang that  passed on the songs hundreds of years from generation to generation.

 In Albania, each region has its own musical style with its own musical and vocal colour. The themes, the content and lyrical development are very important for the Albanian polyphonic chants. The lyrical singing is the basis for the executive artists.

Besides the mentioned lamentations, the repertoire also consists of love stories which were adjusted by official censorship of the totalitarian regime. But In family-circles and at festivities the original texts were preserved and restored.
In addition, the repertoire logically includes epic and historical chants. Those are situated in the seventeenth century and were a response of the resistance against the Ottoman occupation of the country.

The Ensemble Tirana is a virtuoso ensemble that revives in a very honest way the rich and wrongly unknown repertoire of the Albanian polyphony. It was founded in 1994  and sang on several renowned European festivals.

Discography

Chants Polyphoniques d'Albanie - Iris Musiques (Harmonia Mundi) - 1998
Chants des minorites albanaises - Interprete - 1999

Ura Qe Lidh motet - the bridge that links Time - Frya Records - 2014

Set List

Ditet e
beharit - Spring days

Hanko!

Na leu dielli - The sun rises

Mora rrugen per Janina -
Traveling for Janina 

C'me grise shpirtin - You
drive me crazy

Ti me je si nje gonxhe - You
are like a flower bud

Kenga e Ago Ymerit - Song for
Ago Ymer

Kendon bylbyli - The
nightingale song

Ju Pampore qe shkoni  - O ye boats that go away

Vajta diku, vajta  - I'm so happy with her

Ti je vete pranvera - You are
the spring yourself

Mbece more shoke, mbece - A
tragic end in the war 

Moj bukuri magjike - O magical
beauty

Potpourri Korcare - Potpourri
of Korca 

Te shikoj mbrapa malit - I see
you

Tundu bejke e bardhe - White
lamb of lithe body

Ku vate moti - What a
beautiful past

Dallget and detit - The
seawaves