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Tole, Vasil S.  

George Leotsakos

Tole, Vasil S. ( b Përmet, Albania , Nov 22, 1963 ). Albanian composer , ethnomusicologist , and administrator. After early musical training in Përmet and Korça, he studied at the Tirana Conservatory ( 1984–7 ), where his teachers included Gaqi, Kushta, Lara, Simoni, and Shupo. Between 1988 and 1991 he worked in Përmet as music director at the Naïm Frashëri Palace of Culture and as artistic director of the Elena Gjika ensemble. He was appointed to teach ethnomusicology and composition at the Tirana Conservatory (now the music faculty of the Academy of

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Xhemali, Mentor  

Vasil S. Tole

(b Përmet, Albania, May 12, 1924; d Tirana, Albania, April 9, 1992). Albanian opera and folk singer. He was named People’s Artist of Albania in 1975. He was born in a family of traditions in folk music and dance. He spent his childhood in his hometown. In 1943, he joined the guerrillas and became part of the (guerrilla) army music bands. He joined the choir of the Army Ensemble at its creation in 1946. From 1952 to 1955 he studied singing at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. Afterwards, he was nominated soloist at the Theatre of Opera in Tirana, where he sang most of his bass-baritone repertory, including the song Për ty atdhe (‘For You Homeland’) by Pjetër Gaci (1931–95), the romance O ju male (‘Oh You Mountains’) by Çesk Zadeja (1927–97), and arias from the cannonic repertory. He made his first recordings of iso-polyphonic songs with ...

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Bariu, Laver  

Vasil S. Tole

(b Përmet, Albania, May 2, 1929; d Përmet, Jan 26, 2014). Albanian folk music performer. A clarinettist and vocalist, nicknamed ‘Përmeti’s nightingale’, founder of the instrumental iso-polyphonic group (saze ensemble) in the Southern town of Përmet (1944–2004). At a young age, he showed a special ability to design and make instruments. He was taught to play the lute and the clarinet by the saze masters in the city of Korçë. Then his family returned to Përmet, where he joined the saze of Vangjel Leskoviku (1944). At Përmet, he organized his own saze and participated in the Folk Music Festival in Tirane (1952), where he was awarded the First Prize for the best folk clarinettist. His saze was composed of a clarinet, two lutes, two accordions, a frame drum, and a violin. The saze played instruments and sang at the same time. He is a composer of songs, clarinet ...

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Bodini, Mustafa  

Vasil S. Tole

(b Elbasan, Albania, Aug 4, 1911, Albania; d Tiranë, Albania, April 17, 1970). Albanian folk music performer. He created and performed about 70 popular songs in the folk music idiom. Born in Elbasan, in a traditional family, he completed his primary and secondary education in Elbasan, which is renowned for the folk music traditions and the spectacular scenery. Bodini’s voice captured the attention of audiences when he was 15. He continued his education in the capitol, Tirana, also appearing as a singer in the traditional music clubs. His repertory included songs made by him, as well as traditional Italian and Greek songs. In 1937, he started his studies in acting in Rome (Italy), but he had to discontinue because of a disease in 1940. Back in Tiranë, he married an Italian, Ada Sarmi, and had two sons. After the establishment of the communist regime, Ada was repatriated to Italy together with the two sons in ...

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Nure, Nevruz  

Vasil S. Tole

[Lulushi ]

(b Korçë, Albania, March 23, 1954; d Korçë, April 23, 1990). Albanian folk clarinettist . Master of the iso-polyphonic repertory associated with Korçë during the second half of the 20th century. Lulushi grew up in a family of folk music performers, and he began to play folk instruments such as accordion and clarinet at a very young age. His grandmother, Qerime, was a singer of the Korca saze in the 1930s. As a member of the Ensemble Skënderbeu (1978), Lulushi performed dozens of instrumental iso-polyphony pieces of southeast Albania. His saze was composed of 2 clarinets, 1 violin, 1 quena, 2 lutes, 1 accordion, and 1 frame drum. Lulushi has been appreciated as one of the top folk clarinettists of Korçë folk music. In addition to dozens of great performances already known as ‘…of Lulushi’s clarinet’, he has also contributed to the golden fund of instrumental music, with what is known as ‘Lulushi’s Kaba in Sol’ (...

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Rexha, Fitnete  

Vasil S. Tole

(b Tirana, Albania, April 3, 1933; d Aug 13, 2003). Albanian singer . Performer of the homophonic folk music of Central Albania, mainly the urban songs of Tirana, which she learned from her family. She was the youngest daughter of Bab Rexh Delia, honoured with the title ‘People’s Hero’. She grew up in a well-known Kruja family, recognized for cultivating folk music and songs in family celebrations. At about 15 years of age, she sang at the (State) Radio Television and made her first recordings of folk songs, accompanied by the central Albanian folk music orchestra directed by Muharrem Gura and Skënder Reka, which consisted of Skënder Reka on accordion, Liu i Nushit and Çerçiz Mehmeti on violins, Reshit Shehu on frame drum, Mustafa Zyberi on clarinet, Riza Selita on contrabass, and Emil Miloti and Fadil (from the Army’s orchestra) on guitar. She started her singing career at the Tirana Variety Show Theatre (...

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Saze  

Vasil S. Tole

String instrument. The name has derived from the Persian saz (instrument). It means either a plucked string instrument (northern Albanian usage) or an iso-polyphonic folk ensemble (southern Albanian usage). In the urban folk music of northern Albania, the saze used to be an instrument commonly played in the Shkodra festival celebrations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the Tosk part of southern Albania, the saze comprises the clarinet, the violin, the lute, and later the frame drum, that were used to accompany urban folk songs. The saze music started in the second half of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, when tempered instruments like the clarinet, the violin, and the accordion were introduced in Albania. The saze borrowed the ‘a cappella’ iso-polyphony singing pattern of the rural areas, by having the clarinet play the role of first soloist (‘the taker’), the violin play the second soloist (‘the response’), and the lute provide the drone (...

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Albania  

Jane Sugarman, George Leotsakos, and Zana Shuteriqi Prela

explored atonality; and the younger generation of composers took the lead in experimentation, including electronic music, until then an unknown practice in Albania. These included Peçi, Shupo, Simaku, Ermir Dergjini ( b 1955 ), Fatos Qerimi ( b 1957 ), Nestor Kraja ( b 1959 ), Vasil S. Tole ( b 1963 ), Endri Sina ( b 1967 ), Albana Fejzo ( b 1970 ), and Dorian Çene ( b 1980 ). At the beginning of the 2000s, Albanian music had ultimately made its way in contemporary Western music. The charting of Albanian art music would be incomplete without a reference to