Safeguarding Albanian Folk-Iso-polyphony

  • Project budget:
    • US$ 91,033
  • Source:
    • Japan Funds-in-Trust
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 01/12/2006 - 01/03/2010

Benefitting country(ies): Albania


Derived from Byzantine church music, Albanian Iso-polyphony is a sophisticated form of group singing, performed mostly by men. The rise of cultural tourism and the growing interest of researchers are contributing to the revival of this unique folk tradition.

This project contributes to the safeguarding of Albanian iso-polyphony, focusing especially on its transmission of to the younger generation.

The project’s main activity is establishing traditional iso-polyphony chambers (Oda) in four locations of Southern Albania, where masters of iso-polyphony will teach their skills to young students. Other activities include creating a register, an electronic database and a print catalogue of outstanding performers of Albanian folk iso-polyphony, delivering training to cultural workers and producing the first issues of the Iso-Polyphony Journal.

The project is intended to enhance the prestige and create a more favourable social context for the practitioners of this tradition, and to stimulate a renewed interest in iso-polyphonic music among Albanian youth.

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