Where: St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, S11 8YL, Sheffield, When and what time: 19 November 2017, 7pm
Albanian brothers Esen-Nikolas Gjylaci (Violin) and Jon Gjylaci (Guitar) will present an evening recital at ‘St Andrew’s Music Festival’ in Sheffield this Sunday (19th November) at 7pm. Their programme will include the UK PREMIERE of Albanian Folksong ‘Moj e Bukura Moré’ (My Beautiful Morea) transcribed by renown Albanian composer Prof. Thoma Simaku.
The tune has its origin in Southern Italy, in Calabria, where an Albanian community has lived for more than 500 years, and so has the song! The tenderness of the melodic lines expresses the love for the distant homeland, which according to legend can be seen from the Calabrian mountain-tops.
Multi award–winning composer Thomas Simaku (b.1958) graduated from the Albanian State Conservatoire in Tirana (1983), and gained a PhD in Composition from University of York (1996) where he studied with David Blake. Simaku was the Leonard Bernstein Fellow in Composition at Tanglewood Music Centre, USA (1996) studying with Bernard Rands, and a fellow at the Composers’ Workshop, California State University (1998), with Brian Ferneyhough. In 2013 Simaku won the first prize of the International Competition for Lutosławski’s 100th Birthday with Concerto for Orchestra, chosen from 160 compositions submitted anonymously from 37 countries.
Simaku holds a senior position as Reader in Composition at the University of York. Born in Tirana and currently living and working in Manchester, the Gjylaci brothers are a young and charismatic violin and guitar duo. They are graduates of the Royal Northern College of Music and they have performed in many major concert venues and music festivals across the UK and Europe. Their repertoire includes music from all around the world and across all genres. Their entertaining programmes, presentations and performances have earned them great acclaim.
For further information about this event please follow the link: http://www.samfest.uk/