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Thomas Simaku with a CD Release on Naxos
A CD comprising 6 works performed by the Kreutzer Quartet has just been released in the UK on Naxos records,and also in USA and Canada.
Thomas Simaku is an Albanian Composer among 21st Century Classics.For more information about individual tracks, please go to Naxos website.
A new CD release of Thomas Simaku

Monument to the Victims of Communism in Ottawa - Canada
Communist Sign the petition to support the building of a Monument to the Victims of Communism, in Ottawa, Canada

To: Parliament of Canada
While the horrors of Nazism are well known, who knows that the Soviet Union murdered 20 million people? Who knows that China's dictators have slaughtered an estimated 60 million? Who knows that the Communist holocaust has exacted a death toll surpassing that of all of the wars of the 20th century combined ? Just as we must grasp Communism's brutality, we must understand the true cause of this era's most significant event: the fall of the Soviet Union. While we believe that Vaclav Havel was right when he saw the fall of the Communist empire as an event on the same scale as the fall of the Roman Empire, it was not the end of Communism. Sign and Join this petition

Who recognised KOSOVA as an Independent State?
Countries that have recognized or Announced the recognition of Republic of Kosova
We are honored and humbled that it is our generation that lives to see that day and we are aware and ready to take up the path that begins from here. Our future is with Europe.Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, for standing by us in the worst times. In memory of those who gave and lost their lives, and loved ones. May peace and light prevail. Countries who recognized Kosova

Boycott of Greek products in Albania
Boycott of Greek products in Albania!

Albanian nationalists, who accuse Greece of turning the country into a non-conventional colony of Greece, are using the protest to halt the rising power of Greece in the country. In 2006 Greek Imports reached EUR 406mn, while Greek investments are estimated at over EUR 400mn. Greek companies and businesses own substantial shares in the telecommunication, petroleum and financial markets in the country. Strong protests were organized by the "Cham" population, ethnic Albanians that used to live in the territory of current Greece till the end of World War II. Afterwards, they forcedly expelled from their properties. Therefore we call on you to Boycott greek products in Albania

Donation for an Albanian Bridge in Shkoder City.
Has started a project to raise funds to build a bridge in the village of "Ure e Shtrenjte", near Shkoder. In need for donation to complete this project. More ..

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Albanian Music:

More praise for Simaku's latest CD

Albanian Music
    University of York Music Press

    The Kreutzer Quartet's recordings of music by Thomas Simaku have received further critical acclaim in this article from Kenneth Carter:

    'I believe that the ancient spirit in the musical
    Thomas Simaku
    idioms, in the deepest and widest sense, not only survives in our modern world, but is still capable taking its rightful place in contemporary music.'

    Simaku - a British composer aged 50, born in Albania and now lecturer in composition at the University of York - sees his work clearly. His music, restless, ever-shifting and exploratory, often curt and perfunctory, is contemporary. Yet, equally, it is imbued with 'the ancient spirit'.

    He is looking for a comprehensive musical language, to incorporate a vast array of techniques and idioms into a grammar of communicating through sound. He learned much from the folk music of South Albania, experienced during his years as Music Director in Tirana – where he was alerted to the drone, quasi-improvisation, inner dynamics, microtone inflections and much else, of primordial times.

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Albanian Music:

Laver Bariu - amazing multi instrumentalist

Albanian Music
    The ancient, polyphonic singing tradition of southern Albania, in which one voice rides above a
    Laver Bariu
    vocal drone (the ISO), has been preserved through the playing of multi-instrumentalist Laver Bariu .

    The son of a singer and llaute (Albanian lute) player, Bariu was inspired by the music that he heard his father play each night. Although he initially wanted to play the gajde (bagpipe), his family's inability to afford an instrument led him to build one of his own.

    Seeing his determination, his father agreed to teach him to play the llaude. Bariu later built his own drum set. Bariu's progress as a musician was setback after Germany invaded Albania in 1939. His hometown was burnt four times -- once by the Italian Fascists and three times by the Nazis. The war, however, had a bright side as well. When a Greek clarinetist moved to Permet to escape the conflict between Italy and Greece, Bariu was recruited to play drums and daf (large tambourine) in a band that played nightly at a local club.

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Albanian Music:

Elsa Lila - a talented albanian Superstar

Albanian Music
    Elsa Lila is the second (after Ana Oxa) albanian superstar who sings in Sanremo. Inside listen to her song with Pirro Cako "Diferenca je ti".

    Elsa Lila was born in Tirana in 1981 from parents of classic music background. She became
    Elsa Lila
    accustomed to big musical events in the very early stages of her life, while actively participating in her father's rehearsal sessions (her father, Edmond Lila, is a distinguished tenor with a good international reputation).

    Her singing talent was spotted by composer Valentin Veizi during a childrens festival in Tirana.

    In 1996 she participated in the 35th Edition of RTSH Music Festival (Festivali i Kenges 35) and won the first place with a song "Pyes Lotin" composed by Valentin Veizi.

    Same success was repeated in the 36th Edition of the same festival in 1997 with the song "Larg urrejtjes" composed again by Valentin. After unrest in Albania, in 1997 she followed her father to Italy where they obtained italian citizenship after her father married an italian woman Marie Rozaria.

    This was a year that marked a tragic event for Elsa, when her mother Eva Vishaj (ballet dancer; divorced from Edmond) was found murdered under misterious circumstances on 23rd May 1997. She dedicated one of her songs to her mother.

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Albanian Music:

Aurela Gace - the shinning superstar

Albanian Music

    Aurela Gace won the First Price on Kenga Magjike 2007 with song "Hape Veten". For you pleasure listen the song here.

    Aurela Gace, Albanian singer was born in Llakatund, Vlore in October 16, 1974.
    Aurela Gace
    She started singing at the age of 4 and half, in a festival for children in her city Vlore. Throughout her childhood she participated and often won many children's competitions for singing.

    Aurela was not too fond of school, and spent most of her time singing. Aurela had her own mind set, even during her younger years she often did the opposite of what people wanted her to do. Her mind was only focused on singing.

    Aurela was driven to become a singer. At the age of 19, she participated at the biggest music festival on national TV in Tirane. Four months later, she competed and won in the "Spring Festival 94". Aurela's real success began with her song "Nata" in "Fest 95".

    From then on she won 2 first place prizes in "Fest 99" with her song "S'jam tribu" and in "Fest 01" with her song "Ndjej". She won second place in "Fest 98" with the song "Fati yne shprese e marrezi". Aurela also received 3rd place prizes in "Fest 96" with the song "Me jeten dashuruar" and in "Fest 98" with the song "E pafajshme jam".

Posted by classiclady on Tuesday, January 01 @ 06:10:00 PST (1452 reads)
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Albanian Music:

Leonora Jakupi - the most popular singer

Albanian Music
    Leonora Jakupi was born on 3 March 1978 in Skënderaj, Kosova, and is an ethnic
    Leonora Jakupi
    Albanian singer.

    She is one of the most popular commercial singers among ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro. Today Leonora lives in Kosovo's capital Prishtina.

    She lost her father during the Kosovo war (1998-1999); he was killed by the Yugoslav security forces. Her repertoire includes a wide variety of material including commercial pop and patriotic songs. She is not married.

    Her most popular song, without any doubt, is “Can innocence be killed?”(A vritet pafajsia?) published in 1998 while Leonora was a war refugee in Albania. She dedicated the song to her father and other Albanians who died during the Kosovo war.

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Albanian Music:

Bleona Qerreti - an International Singer

Albanian Music
    One of the most well-known singers, actress and show-girl from Albania , Bleona's audience stretches from within Albania to the surrounding
    major Albanian Communities. These include, Kosovo , Macedonia , Montenegro as well as the Diaspora in Western Europe and the United States . Since she was young girl, she was actively engaged in different youth artistic activities in her hometown of Korca and Elbasan. Her first international representation was in the Balkans Festival in 1991 in Preveza , Greece . During 1991-1994 she worked as singer and show-girl in a variety show of the professional theater “Skampa”.

    During 1994, at the age of fifteen, she participated in the national song festival organized by the Albanian Radio and Television. During 1995 she participated in the spring song contest representing herself well .Her first major impression was at the national song contest in December 1995 with “Leave me on my own”.

    After a successful participation in the spring song festival of 1996, she was invited in a tournament in Switzerland among many well-known Albanian singers. She tried also with the traditional music by participating at the World Folk Festival held in France in August 1996.

Posted by classiclady on Sunday, December 17 @ 07:11:14 PST (4052 reads)
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Albanian Music:

Thoma Simaku - a great, internationally known composer

Albanian Music

    Simaku - Winner of the 2004 Serocki International Prize


    Born in Albania in 1958, Thoma Simaku studied composition at the Tirana Conservatoire
    Thoma Simaku
    (1978-82) with Tonin Harapi. In 1991 he moved to England and continued his postgraduate studies with David Blake at the University of York (1991-96) where he was awarded a PhD in Composition.

    Winner of the much coveted Lionel Robbins Memorial Scholarship (Simaku was the only candidate in the UK to win it in 1993), he also was the 1996 Leonard Bernstein Fellow in Composition at Tanglewood Music Centre in the USA with Bernard Rands, and a fellow at the Composers’ Workshop - California State University (1998) with Brian Ferneyhough. In 2000 he was awarded a highly prestigious Fellowship from the Arts & Humanities Research Council in London.

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Albanian Music:

Alida Hisku - one of the succesfullest singers of Albania

Albanian Music
    Alida Hisku started her career already as a child. As daugther of an opera singer, she
    Alida Hisku
    enchanted her audience, when she was a young girl. Often she left the festival stages in Albania as an acclaimned winner.

    Utilised from the politics and later proscribed, the artist returns again on stage. The Albanians had never forgot her and idolize her not only as an artist, but as a person which is loving her country and his inhabitants.

    In 1999 during the Kosova war she helped the country with 65 tons of urgently needed humanitary aid, which she collected and distributed herself to the refugees in the camps in Tirana.
Posted by classiclady on Friday, August 04 @ 13:38:44 PDT (884 reads)
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