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Dr Bledar Kondi


Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg

After learning trumpet and piano at the Middle School for Art, Dr Bledar Kondi continued his studies in composition at the Academy of Arts in Tirana, Albania (1996-2000). He subsequently took up the position of full-time researcher for ethnomusicology at the Institute for Folk Culture, Albanian Academy of Sciences (2001-2007). His research is especially focused on death rites and male and female crying in Albanian cultural space as well as in a transcultural context. Some of his research papers have been published in diverse peer-reviewed journals and encyclopaedias, such as Ethnologie française, Grove Music Online, SAGE, Zeitschrift für Balkanologie, and Kultura Popullore.

Bledar has been a member of working groups for the organization of regional and national festivals of folk and urban music (2002-2004). At the same time, he has coordinated the Austrian project for the digitalization of sound archives, where more than 28,000 units of Albanian folk music were digitized. Since 2010, he has been an associate lecturer for ethnomusicology and music theory (ear training & harmony) at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. He received his PhD degree in ethnomusicology from the same institution, with a thesis entitled: “Death and Ritual Crying. An anthropological approach to Albanian funeral customs”. His current post-doc project deals with music as an attribute of power, social control and cultural repression in nationalist-communist dictatorships. The focus falls on singing and mourning for the Albanian deified dictator and his political afterlife faced with criminal adventures of communism.