Elina Duni & Rob Luft 'Songs of Love and Exile' (AL/CH/GB)
Elina Duni: voice
Rob Luft: guitar
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Elina Duni is a Swiss-Albanian singer. Having been signed to ECM Records since 2012, her hallmark combination of traditional Albanian folk songs and jazz has lead to worldwide critical acclaim. For this new project, she is joined by guitarist and BBC New Generation Artist Rob Luft, one of the rising stars of London's flourishing contemporary jazz scene. Luft's playing incorporates echoes of West African high-life, Celtic folk and textural minimalism. His joyously original sound finds an ideal counterpart in Elina Duni's vocals. Together, they take us on a journey through timeless folk songs which still resonate so truly today, as well as playing their co-written original material about contemporary issues facing us all. The duo’s first common album Lost Ships was released by ECM Records in 2020 and nominated for the German Critics’ Award as well as for the German Jazz Award.
A pandemic and numerous live performances later, the sequel follows: A Time to Remember, a goldmine of songs spanning several styles, from enchanting folksong through to contemporary European jazz. It will be released in June 2023 on ECM and celebrates the successful collaboration of the duo Duni&Luft, again accompanied magnificently by Matthieu Michel on fluegelhorn and Fred Thomas on piano and drums.