Sazet e Përmetit - Saze and Iso-Polyphony from Albania

Sazet e Përmetit
Sazet e Përmetit
  • date:02 Oct 2019 - 18 Oct 2019
  • area:Germany
  • style(s):Balkan, Albanian Iso-Polyphony
  • status:published tour
  • continents:Europe / Russia
  • tour posted by:Alba Kultur

Confirmed Dates

02.10.2019 Düsseldorf
04.10.2019 Kempen
07.10.2019 Bocholt
08.10.2019 Gütersloh
09.10.2019 Köln
11.10.2019 Detmold
13.10.2019 Leiden
15.10.2019 Hamm
16.10.2019 Bonn
17.10.2019 Wuppertal
18.10.2019 Gelsenkirchen

Offered Dates

October 2019


The ensemble has been one of the best groups of Albanian-polyphonic tradition for many years, translating the vocals into instrumental parts.
Iso-polyphony is the name of a musical style in southwestern Albania, but is also home in Northwest Greece. It has been recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2008 on the international representative list. The term "iso" refers to the ison, a bordun tone in religious Byzantine chants that extends the prevailing unanimity to a simple polyphony. In Albanian polyphony, there are usually two or three solo voices, accompanied by a deep drone.
Unlike other Albanian ensembles that tend to focus on singers, Sazet e Përmetit have focused on playing the traditional clarinet, violin, lute, and frame drums, complementing these instrumental parts with vocals. The accordion was added only during the socialist period of Albania and is part of the Slavic influence.
The repertoire of Sazet e Përmetit includes various facets, such as polyphonic folk songs of southern Albanian local traditions like songs of shepherds or humorous songs, pieces of Albanian-Greek-Aromanian musical heritage, created since 1800 under the reign of Ali Pasha of Tepelena, as well as oriental urban music, as played since the Ottoman Empire mainly by Roma musicians for weddings and festivals. The musicians all live in the small town of Përmet in southern Albania, which is famous for its wineries and also called the city of roses.
On international tours in the Balkans and Holland, the ensemble has thrilled the audience with virtuoso interplay on their instruments and impressive vocals.

Alban Zeqiri - Frame Drum, 1st Part
Sadik Zeqiri - Clarinet (marrës)
Artur Zeqiri - violin
Fredi Daci - lute, 2nd voice
Ylli Muço – Akkordeon (ia mbajnë)