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Talkin' Balkan: The dedicated musicians of Rumelia

Dedicated musicians of Rumelia

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Posted: Friday, March 28, 2014 5:00 am | Updated: 9:08 pm, Thu Apr 3, 2014.

On every song they do, the four Santa Fe women who make up Rumelia dive right in to a hypnotic groove that shouts Balkans. “Pajduska Trojka” is a festive instrumental tune featuring percussion-driven accordion and violin. On “Cobankat,” following an ominous introduction, they engage in a soulful back-and-forth between voices and clarinet. These are two tracks on the group’s 2013 album Lost & Found that you might hear on Saturday, March 29, when Rumelia presents Voices of the Wind, the first of a three-concert series at the historic San Miguel Chapel.

Rumelia, which specializes in music from Eastern Europe, was the featured local group at last year’s International Folk Art Market. Whereas the San Miguel dates will be all-acoustic, the group is launching a series at Duel Brewing on April 5 that’s “plugged-in, loud, and danceful,” as Deborah Ungar put it. She plays accordion and clarinet. The other members are Nicolle Jensen, lead vocals, doumbek (or goblet drum), bass doumbek, frame drum, and riq (Middle Eastern tambourine); Sitara Schauer, violin, backup vocals, guitar, and mandolin; and Alysha Shaw, vocals, doumbek, bass doumbek, frame drum, riq, and cajón (box drum). Paul Brown joins them on oud and bass for the first two San Miguel Chapel concerts.

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