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Hear Albanian folk music with a jazz twist (Boston)

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Come to a A CD Release Party celebrating the music of Astronauts of Albania.
Saturday, May 19, Protected content
7 to 9pm
at The Gallery
480 Main Street
Malden, MA
tickets $15 in advance: $18 at door.

Held in a gallery and art shop, 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.

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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.

Geni Skendo - Alto/Bass flute, Shakuhachi
Ben Levin - Guitars
Eden Ryaz - Cello/Voice
George Lernis - Percussion

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.
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