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Elina Duni

This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. This biographical article needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful. (August 2010) This article is an orphan, as no other articles link to it. Please introduce links to this page from related articles; suggestions may be available. (August 2010) Elina Duni (born March 1981, Tirane, Albania) is a Swiss-Albanian jazz singer. Born in Tirana, Albania, in 1981 during the Communist regime, in an artist family,her mother Bessa Myftiu and grandfather Mehmet Myftiu are writers, and her father Spiro Duni is an actor and theatre director, Elina Duni makes her first steps on stage as a singer at the age of five and begins studying the violin. From 1986 to 1991, she participates in several children's festivals and sings for the National Albanian Radio and Television. In 1992 she settled in Geneva, Switzerland, along with her mother. Between 2004 and 2008 she studied singing and composition at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern, in the jazz department. During this time she develops the Elina Duni Quartet with Colin Vallon on piano, Patrice Moret on double bass and Norbert Pfammatter on drums, which represents a return to her musical sources, a combination of Balkans folk songs and jazz. In 2008 the CD Baresha, the first album of the Elina Duni Quartet, was released on Meta Records. This first musical departure with her quartet received marvelous acclaims from the German and Swiss press and is followed by European tours and festivals. In February 2010 the second album of the Quartet Lume, Lume (World, World) was released on Meta Records and receives great acclaim from the Swiss, German, Austrian and French Press. The band tours in Switzerland, Germany, France and the Balkans. Have said about her: 1. Jazzthing "At least after the fourth song, you too are defenseless and at the mercy of the magic of Elina Duni." 2.Grego Applegate Edwards, CADENCE "....Elina Duni and her group mesmerize with a unique amalgam of Eastern European tradition transposed to a modern Jazz key, a group sensibility that goes far beyond singer and typical piano trio backup." "....Her voice is a true instrument, with the sort of true musicality that is rare with singers." "...This is lovely music, lovingly rendered. She shows that the singer and band formula need not rely on stale, endless reiterations of the past but can strike out on new roads that synthesize different styles and world sounds. Excellent." , 3.Jazzthetic "All in all, it is shocking how natural two worlds find a way to each other, and do this far from cliched Balkan jazz."

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