New Artist: Welcome ELINA DUNI (AL/CH)!

Elina Duni
Dear promoters, friends and music lovers,

we are happy to announce our new collaboration with one of the most exciting female voices of the contemporary European world-jazz scene: The brilliant Albanian-Swiss vocalist, composer and songwriter Elina Duni presents her latest album Partir and can be booked through CultureWorks for all European countries (except France, Belgium, Italy). We are looking forward to your offers and ideas!

Born into a highly artistic family in Tirana, Albania, in 1981, Elina Duni made her first steps on the stage as a singer aged five, singing for National Radio and Television. In 1992, after the fall of the communist regime, she settled in Geneva, Switzerland, with her mother, where she started studying classical piano and thereafter discovered jazz. She went on to study on the jazz programme at Hochschule der Künste in Bern. During this time, she formed the Elina Duni Quartet with Colin Vallon on piano, Patrice Moret on double bass and Norbert Pfammatter on drums. This project represented a return to her musical roots, an intriguing, successful combination of Balkan folk songs and jazz.

In 2017, Elina Duni was one of the winners of the Swiss Music Prize and started three new projects: A duo with the highly acclaimed London guitarist Rob Luft, Tribute to Billie Holiday with pianist Jean-Paul Brodbeck and Aksham, a quintet featuring pianist Marc Perrenoud and trumpet player David Enhco.

Her latest project entitled Partir features Elina Duni as a soloist and was released on ECM in April 2018. On her most intimate recording to date, she accompanies herself on piano, guitar and frame drum, interpreting - in nine (!) languages - songs from very diverse sources - from folk songs and chansons to singer-songwriter ballads. Partir offers traditional music from Albania, Kosovo, Armenia, Macedonia, Switzerland and Arab-Andalusia as well as Jacques Brel’s “Je ne sais pas” or Domenico Modugno’s “Amara Terra Mia”.

Elina Duni solo "Partir" (Teaser)

“This album is all of a piece. Tuned in a pensive tone, although it is about departure. But this departure is not frivolous or euphoric, and Elina sings about it with earthy presence and mastered strength.”
Neue Züricher Zeitung, CH

„Elina Duni’s is a voice that’s both relaxed and slightly pensive - relaxed with a deliberate delicacy for slower material, yet pensive for what lies beneath the surface of such calm, beautiful music.“
Downbeat, US

“I come from a family who has already fought against fascism, this is why I abhor any kind of nationalism. Societies who seal themselves off, are fearful societies. We all have to learn again how to fight for things that we have come to see as a given and take for granted.” (Elina Duni)

Elina Duni & Rob Luft "Couleur Café" (Serge Gainsbourg)


2018 Partir, ECM
2015 Dallëndyshe, ECM
2014 Muza e Zezë
2012 Matane Malit, ECM
2010 Lume, Lume, Meta Records
2008 Baresha, Meta Records

Current Projects
Elina Duni Solo „Partir“
Duo Elina Duni & Rob Luft
Duo Elina Duni & Jean Paul Brodbeck
Elina Duni Quartet
Quintet „Aksham“


BOOKING OPEN 2019/2020

Booking Contact
Europe except France, Belgium, Italy

CultureWorks, Sabina Schebrak
Tel +43-1-5223522, mobil +43-664-5132367,,