Robert Bisha & Albanian Iso-Polyphonic Choir

July 19th, 2017

Our medieval fortress gardens will be home to a magical live concert of composer Robert Bisha and his collaborative project with the Albanian Iso-Polyphonic Choir.

Robert Bisha is an outrageously talented pianist and composer, a genius improviser and one of the most gifted multi-instrumentalists you’ll ever see. His music is contemporary, enhanced with Avant-Garde Jazz accents.  He is an eclectic pianist, whose original music mixes the genre , implementing the perfect technique of classical music to a contemporary harmonic research and the study of rich Albanian folklore.

The Albanian Iso-Polyphonic Choir has an otherworldly, complex and trance-inducing sound, manifested with the power of the human voice, carrying the emotional weight of centuries of pride, poverty and oppression. Polyphonic vocal music is a living tradition in Albania and in 2005 was proclaimed a Masterpiece of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.  The choir is the most prominent representatives of the distinctive styles of southern Albania, where the drones can be sung either continuously or rhythmically against the interlacing melodies and occasional wild or mournful cries of the other voices to weave a haunting web of shape-shifting, dissonant beauty.

The collaborative concert of Robert Bisha and the Albanian Iso-Polyphonic Choir will come for the first time to Kosovo at DokuFest on August 5, and played out at our castle stage.

The concert is supported by CHwB with a mutual aim in celebrating the newly renovated Kalaja site and protecting Kosovo’s intangible cultural heritage.