Saz’Iso Folk Ensemble Starts UK Tour

TIRANA, November 2

Albanian Folk Ensemble Saz’Iso performed for the first time live at BBC Two at ‘Later with Jools Holland’ show.
“It was such a thrilling experience to be on Later with Jools Holland last night – the first time ever for Albanian music in the program’s 25 years!” the ensemble says on its Facebook fan page.

Saz’Iso is a band composed of nine folk musicians that play saze from southern Albania is presenting their album ‘At least wave your handkerchief at me’ co-produced by producer Joe Boyd, who previously worked on recording of Pink Floyd, R.E.M, and many others, and engineered by Jerry Boys, producer of Buena Vista Social Club.

“Saz’iso play saze, a style that developed when iso-polyphonic a cappella folk songs, with at least two melody lines and drone backing, were matched against violin, clarinet, lute and percussion. The result is music that is unworldly, often melancholy and haunting,” The Guardian says on its review of ‘At least wave your handkerchief at me’ album.

Saz’Iso is on a tour in Britain from November 1-11 that started with the live performance at Jools Holland show, who said: “And if you’ve ever fancied dipping your ear into Albanian folk, you’re in luck. Sazi’iso play a hypnotic melange of laments that’ll transport you to a sweltering night on the Balkan Peninsula. If you let it. Their LP has the brilliant title At Least Wave Your Handkerchief at Me.”

The tour includes dates in Wells, Cambridge, Bristol, York, Sheffield, and London. The London concert is sold out. Information about the tour dates is available here.

News Source: ATA