Featuring the music of Astronaut of Albania
Held at The Gallery, 480 Main Street, Malden
This event will be rich with music, food, and great people...and of course the opportunity to buy the CD, art, jewelry, and much more.
CD's available for sale.
Astronauts of Albania (AOA), rather than being an ironically named hipster band, is actually led by Albanian emigre flutist Geni Skendo, a true musical explorer whose life adventure has brought him to the Boston area. The group plays the Albanian folk music of Skendo's youth, as refracted through his experience in jazz, classical and global music. Even the instrumentation tells the story: shakuhachi and bass flute, guitar, bass, and drums. Distinctive, odd meter Balkan grooves provide both a skeleton for dazzling solos and a contrast with free-improvised sections; sonic excursions spin out of international instrumentation and lead in surprising directions.
AOA provides a unique blend of traditional melodies and state-of-the-art playing, always with a sharp and clear focus on melody and rhythm.