Our next release is ‘Saggio‘ by Mardit B. Lleshi and Bledi Boraku which is a collaborative album from these two Albanian musicians. The album combines Bledi’s electric guitar tones with the timbres of Mardit’s cello compositions. The minimalist artwork of a dimly lit church shot from outside at night, reflects the imposing yet inviting nature of the music. This album is out now in a run of 100 CDrs, in our signature gatefold vinyl-effect packaging. If you follow us on Bandcamp (Click HERE) we’ll make sure you’re the first to hear about future releases. Or you can become a subscriber and receive our monthly newsletters by clicking HERE
“In this album we welcome Albanian musicians and artists Bledi Boraku and Mardit B. Lleshi, with their album called ‘Saggio’. Their work together combines Bledi’s electric guitar tones with Mardit’s textured cello timbres. Whilst they work together regularly in live performances, this album is their official debut release.
The album was performed and recorded live, capturing the acoustics of the room as a key component of this record. This gives the album another dimension from contemporary classical music, which tends to be produced pristinely, with high-end mixing equipment. There is a balance of darkness and warmth throughout these pieces, which play through seamlessly as one continuous listen.
The impression is given of a live concert, perhaps inside a dimly-lit church as depicted by Benet Nelku’s cover artwork. The grandeur of the church from the outside dark alongside the power of the music is imposing, yet inviting. Inside, a charm and character unravels; Peter Nejedly’s photo in the CD sleeve shows a tired old roof with its dusty beams. Tales from the centuries would be told, if these beams could speak. Instead, the music beams through in the detailed layers of Saggio, a word which translates to ‘wise’.“
Composed, performed & recorded by
Bledi Boraku (electric guitar) – Mardit B. Lleshi (cello)
Mixed by Dritëro Nikqi – Studio C (Prishtinë)
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Front image – photo by Benet Nelku
Inner image – photo by Peter Nejedly
Design by Andrew Heath
Here’s a glimpse of the packaging files, which you can see via the slideshow below: