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Lost Ships

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Lost Ships
Lost Ships


Elina Duni and Rob Luft's programme of songs of love and exile has been gathering momentum since 2017, when the Albanian-Swiss singer and the British guitarist began their collaboration. Along the way the duo has been augmented by distinguished guests, with Swiss flugelhornist Matthieu Michel and UK pianist/percussionist Fred Thomas here making significant contributions to the overarching concept.

The migration crisis, a theme explored on Elina's Partir album, is again a central issue, so too ecological concerns. Material is drawn from many sources: "There are songs that touch upon past influences, with the sound of Albania and Mediterranean folklore ever-present. We wanted to explore other musical roots, too: timeless jazz ballads, French chanson, American folk song..."

The broad range of music addressed runs from traditional pieces to original compositions, via songs made famous by Frank Sinatra and Charles Aznavour.

'Lost Ships' was recorded at Studios la Buissonne in the South of France in February 2020.


"A stunningly exquisite collaboration...Luft's skills on this album are clear to hear, offering an understated, thoughtful and resoundingly beautiful backdrop for Duni's glorious vocals. And it is ultimately, Duni's mesmerising voice that draws the listener in, as she takes us with her on a journey through these tunes." - ***** UK Vibe

"On Lost Ships, guitarist Rob Luft makes his ECM debut and vocalist Elina Duni presents a new ensemble - and the result just happens to be a minor classic. On the strength of this album, Luft seems to have been put on earth to work in tandem with Duni. Implicit in working with such an exceptional talent is subtlety in both technique and conception, of doing the right thing at precisely the right moment, to enable her talent to blossom." - **** Jazzwise (Editor's Choice)

"This collection of songs has an emotional force and atmosphere all of its own... the album is a pleasure from start to finish." - LondonJazzNews


  1. Name
  2. Bella Ci Dormi
  3. Brighton
  4. I'm A Fool To Want You
  5. Numb
  6. Lost Ships
  7. The Wayfaring Stranger
  8. Flying Kites
  9. Lux
  10. Kur Me Del Ne Dere
  11. N'at Zaman
  12. Empty Street
  13. Hier Encore
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