November 13, 2018
The Intercultural Institute of Comparative Music Studies of the Fondazione “Giorgio Cini” (Venice), promotes and hosts an international event dedicated to the tradition of epic singing in Kosovo, in collaboration with the LEAV, the Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature (Harvard University) and the Institute of Albanian Studies (Priština). An introductory seminar will be followed by a concert featuring the greatest living performer of that tradition, the singer Isa Elezi Lekgjekaj (born 1947).
The seminar, led by Nicola Scaldaferri, will be attended by Ettore Cingano (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), David F. Elmer (Harvard University), and Zymer Ujkan Neziri (Institute of Albanian Studies, Priština). The event will offer an occasion to present an editorial project by Nicola Scaldaferri, Wild Songs, Sweet Songs (Kânga t’egra, Kânga të buta). The Albanian Epic in the Collections of Milman Parry and Albert B. Lord.
The concert will include a complete performance of The Song of the Wedding of Halil with Italian subtitles. The çiflteli and sharki players Hasan Hasani and Januz Mushkolaj will accompany Isa Elezi Lekgjekaj, performing some instrumental pieces.
The event will take place at the Fondazione “Giorgio Cini”, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore (Venice). The seminar will start at 3:30 pm; the concert will follow at 6:30 pm.