Here he mingled with a far wider selection of singers and musicians and gained his first experience of playing in different groups and ensembles. By the time his family returned to Përmet in 1944, Laver was ready to begin a full-time career as a musician and band leader. He played llautë with Vangjel Leskoviku's ensemble for a year or so before forming his own ensemble. Despite inevitable changes in personnel this ensemble remained active for the next six decades. Along with the Lela Family, Laver Bariu was largely responsible for promoting the Përmet style of urban folk music to the point where it has almost come to symbolise Tosk folk music in general. He has been recorded several times by Radio Tirana and has also appeared on Albanian television.
Foreign engagements were understandably restricted but following the collapse of Communism Laver Bariu was able to record a couple of CDs for labels based outside of Albania, one of which - Songs From the City of Roses - was widely available in the West, having been recorded in Përmet by Ben Mandelson in 1994. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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