Three notebooks full of Albanian folk songs sit on a table (top photo) at Ylli Brekofca’s apartment in Portland. There’s one for each region of the country: North, south and central. Brekofca (above left, far left) plays with his new friends and bandmates Orson Horchler (center) and Jarin Tchicaya in Portland in June. Their international-flavored band is called Bondeko. Brekofca plays his new, red accordion (above right). (Photo by Troy R. Bennett)

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