Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Elina Duni_London Jazz Festival_Southbank Centre_London

Swiss-Albanian singer Elina Duni studied classical music and jazz in Switzerland, but the folk songs of her homeland are her highest inspiration. Duni’s reclaimed musical roots accompanied by Swiss pianist Colin Vallon’s trio enhanced the discreet subtleties of her jazz sensibility. All of parts of the set were carefully introduced by the singer herself with heart-warming stories of her childhood and ancestry. The audience at the Queen Elizabeth Hall was taken by this unexpectedly subtle, melancholic but refreshingly optimistic concert, and perhaps a new regular at the annual London Jazz Festival was discovered.