The young British director Dan Shutt chose the Albanian iso-polyphony to shoot his first documentary. "Washed by the Moon"Is a documentary that explores the ancient tradition of Labe isopolis - a sophisticated form of group singing, performed mainly by men in southern Albania, the Albanian iso-polyphony, is recognized by UNESCO as a masterpiece of oral heritage and intangible of humanity.
In the book by Lorenzo Tardo "L'Antica Melurgia Bizantina", published in the 1938, we find an interesting quote that makes us understand the antiquity of this musical form:
"... The Albanians, hating Ottoman slavery and leaving their homeland, did not bring with them either the final musical model of Constantinople, or even the academic art of refined Protopsalti, rather they brought with them their provincial, mountain and musical tradition. archaic dating back to the 4-5 century A.
D., at the time of the Basilei and may even be antecedents ".
World Heritage Site
In this context the Albanian Iso-polyphony entered the list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, thus joining the other riches of Albanian culture already protected by UNESCO such as the Butrint National Park, the city of Gjirokastër and that of Berat. The important recognition that is made to the Albanian Iso-polyphony worldwide, aims to facilitate the safeguarding of this extraordinarily interesting and unique musical form for the multi-vocal tradition it possesses, focusing in particular on its dissemination and transmission to the new generations to keep it alive.
For further details, you can visit the dedicated page on the UNESCO site :
Those who still practice this oral heritage have an incredible and touching story to tell.
"Washed by the Moon" is scheduled for March 2018. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Documentary trailer: http://www.danshutt.co.uk/
Documentary radio: http://www.nts.live/shows/guests/episodes/albanian-iso-polyphony-27th-april-2017
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[author title = "Giorgio Cini Foundation, Venice, 17 November 2010 ″ image =" https://www.albanianews.it/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/fondazione_giorgio_cini.jpg "] Concert by the Fier polyphonic group and Rrogozhina (Southern Albania) in the context of the “in viva voce” 14 Polyphony Review at the end of the Seminar Albanian male polyphonies of the çam tradition curated by Maurizio Agamennone and Nicola Scaldaferri in collaboration with the Department of Art History and Conservation of Artistic Heritage, Ca 'Foscari University, Venice [/ author]
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