Author: Toplica

“Edges of Thought” Jon Gjylaci’s wonderful music album is on sale

Wonderful outing by British-Albanian guitarist living in England dips back to Albéniz, Chopin, and Satie, but also a diverse group of contemporary composers, such as Leo Brouwer, Jorge Morel, Gary Ryan, and Miroslav Tadić. The Manchester UK–based Northern String Quartet and percussionist Michael Walker add significant color to a number of tracks. Asturias, Rumores de la Caleta (Albéniz); Valse, Op. posthume 69 No. 1 and No. 2 (Chopin); Indifference (Colombo/Murena); Un Die de Novembre (Brouwer); From Laments, Dances and Lullabies, Vol. 1: “Rustemul,” “Macedonian Girl,” “Walkdance” (Tadić); Benga Beat, Hot Club Français(Ryan); Danza Brasilera (Morel); Gnossienne No. 1 (Satie) Physical CD is available from Jon’s website; digital download from Amazon. Source:...

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Tirana bids for European Super Cup in 2020

Nine capitals have expressed an interest in hosting the European Super Cup match in 2020 between that year’s winners of the Champions League and Europa League, UEFA said on Monday. The European soccer body said the nine were Tirana (Albania), Minsk (Belarus), Helsinki (Finland), Nice (France), Haifa (Israel), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Chisinau (Moldova), Belfast (Northern Ireland) and Porto (Portugal). The winners will be chosen by UEFA’s executive committee in May. This year’s match will be staged in Tallinn, Estonia with Istanbul, Turkey to host the game in...

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Albania plans up to open new military bases to tourists

Albania is planning to revitalize old naval bases by opening them up to tourists, Albania’s Defense Minister Olta Xhacka said Monday. She said authorities here are planning to open up more military units, some of which were secret military bases, in a bid to attract more tourists and diversify the tourism potential that Albania offers. “Naval bases such as Shengjin or the Cape of Pal (northwest Albania) are very important and they serve the Armed Forces. But at the same time they can have a direct impact on the country’s economic development,” Xhacka noted. In April 2017, the Albanian...

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Balcanicaucaso.org: Rural Albania, the bet of those who stay

Wild, untamed mountains, poverty, and massive depopulation. In the villages of northern Albania, some resist the temptation to escape to the city and hope for a new beginning, made of sustainable rural development and alternative tourism. In Mërtur, just before a new sunset, the dense scent of thyme fills the air, almost intoxicating. At the top, the stony heart of the mountain seems to catch fire and the gaze is lost on the lines of the slope, which turn emerald green here and there. Under a gash of sky to the southwest, the sinuous fjord of Koman’s artificial lake...

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Dua Lipa gets five Brit awards nominations, beating Ed Sheeran

Dua Lipa, the breakthrough pop star who scored a huge summer hit with New Rules, has earned the most nominations at the 2018 Brit awards – even beating Ed Sheeran, despite his spectacular year-long assault on the charts on both sides of the Atlantic She was nominated in the British female solo artist, breakthrough act, single and video categories, along with the night’s biggest award, British album of the year. Without being able to be nominated in the breakthrough category, Ed Sheeran is the runner-up with four nominations. Now 22, she was born in London to Kosovar Albanian parents,...

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