Strong voice in the land between
Swiss music prize 2017
Born in Tirana in 1981, singer and composer Elina Duni creates music that is a plea for an open Europe. With her exceptional voice and stage presence, she builds bridges between Balkan traditions and contemporary Swiss jazz, for example on the successful albums of her quartet with Colin Vallon, Patrice Moret and Norbert Pfammatter (two of them on the ECM label). “Muza e Zezë” (2015) reveals her for the first time as a singer-songwriter, while 2016’s solo “Partir” tells in nine languages of migration and loss, and how the tension between homeland and foreignness constantly reinvigorates her art.