Rumelia Collective plays music of the Balkans, Middle East

Rumelia Collective plays music of the Balkans, Middle East

Rumelia Collective

The Rumelia Collective is Sitara Schauer, Nicolle Jensen and Alysha Shaw, as well as Willa Roberts and Hayriye Büsra Solak (not pictured).

The music of the Balkans and Middle East will swirl and drone throughout San Miguel Chapel when the Rumelia Collective takes the stage Saturday in Santa Fe.

Rife with drones and set in odd time signatures and tonalities, this Balkan gypsy folk music sounds exotic to western ears. The group sets its five-part vocal harmonies against guitar, violin, accordion, mandolin, lute and percussion.

“It brings back this quality of song from a different time and place,” group member Alysha Shaw said. “It’s different from country to country and region to region.”

The performance will span music from Albania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Russia, Serbia and Turkey.

Read the article in the Albuquerque Journal

Rumelia Collective at San Miguel Chapel – Saturday February 4, 2017

Rumelia Collective at San Miguel Chapel – Saturday February 4, 2017

Rumelia has reformed under a new name: Rumelia Collective. We are looking forward to debuting a new sound at the San Miguel Chapel on Saturday February 4, 2017 at 7:30 PM!

The concert at the chapel will feature performances by Nicolle Jensen, Willa Roberts, Sitara Schauer, Alysha Shaw, and Hayriye Büşra Solak. We will present a selection of our favorite vocal music from Albania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, and Turkey.

Rumelia Collective is a collective of musicians who love playing the music of the Balkans and Mideast, as well as many other musical styles from around the world. Our range is wide— we can bring you dance grooves unlike anything else you can find in a club in Santa Fe, and we can also fill an ancient chapel with striking vocal harmonies in non-western tonalities. We’ve been told that our live performance is an experience not to be missed.

Who: Rumelia Collective
What: A concert of Balkan vocal music
Where: at the San Miguel Chapel 401 Old Santa Fe Trail
When: Saturday, February 4, 2017 7:30 PM
Ticket Details: $20 General Admission, $10 Students and Seniors, Children under 12 FREE. Tickets are available at the door.
For more information call: 505-795-9145

Music Lessons: Rumelia is going to teach you how to play before it blows your minds live

Music Lessons: Rumelia is going to teach you how to play before it blows your minds live

Santa Fe Reporter – September 2, 2015

Think of the term “Balkan music” for just a second. Can you hear it in your head? Sort of, maybe? It’s actually a tricky proposition, thanks in part to acts like Gogol Bordello or even the superhuman Beirut adding a sort of indie-rock (read: hipster) layer to the traditionally southeastern European style of folk music and diluting some of the cultural norms. Thank goodness, then, for Rumelia. The local quartet, comprised of Nicolle Jensen (voice and percussion), Sitara Schauer (violin/vocals), Alysha Shaw (vocals and percussion) and Deborah Ungar (clarinet and accordion), has been kicking around town for ages, slowly but surely developing its style and winning fans while cultivating a more authentic homage to the folk music of Greece, Turkey, Romania, Macedonia and oh-so-many other countries.

Read the article in the Santa Fe Reporter »

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ABQ Journal: Rumelia ensemble of women has its musical roots in the Balkans

ABQ Journal: Rumelia ensemble of women has its musical roots in the Balkans

Exploring the music of Rumelia is akin to taking a melodic tour from Greece to Turkey, Hungary to the Ukraine, and all points in between and around the Balkans.

With some 200 songs in its repertoire, this all-woman band (Deborah Ungar, Alysha Shaw, Nicolle Jensen and Sitara Schauer) has been serenading Santa Feans in both sit-down and folk dance concerts since 2010.

Read the article in the Albuquerque Journal »

Rumelia, which calls itself a contemporary Balkan folk group, consists of, from left, Sitara Schauer, Deborah Ungar, Nicolle Jensen and Alysha Shaw.

Rumelia, which calls itself a contemporary Balkan folk group, consists of, from left, Sitara Schauer, Deborah Ungar, Nicolle Jensen and Alysha Shaw.

Watch Video of Rumelia on KUNM

Watch Video of Rumelia on KUNM

From the KUNM website:

“Recorded on March 21, 2014, this edition features the Balkan sounds of Santa Fe’s Rumelia. After recording their debut CD “Lost and Found” the group has expanded their repertoire of traditional songs from Southern and Eastern Europe and the Balkans to over 200 pieces. Performing currently as a quartet, Rumelia played for us in this trio format.”

Alicia Shaw: lead vocals, dumbek
Sitara Schauer: parlor guitar, violin, vocals
Deborah Ungar: accordion, clarinets, vocals

Engineered by Roman Garcia with Marshall Broyles with camera/videography by Jefferson White

New Mexico Music Awards Names Rumelia as Finalists

New Mexico Music Awards Names Rumelia as Finalists

“Lost and Found,” considered as a finalist in two categories in the 2014 New Mexico Music Awards.

Best Instrumental Performance

Rumelia
Pajduska Trojka
N. Jensen, S. Schauer, D. Ungar
Monkey House Records

Best Vocal Performance

Rumelia
Nardanina
N. Jensen, S. Schauer, D. Ungar
Monkey House Records

Some of the instruments of Rumelia, photograph by Jason S. Ordaz

Some of the instruments of Rumelia, photograph by Jason S. Ordaz

Rumelia’s “Lost & Found” Makes Top 13 of 2013

Best Santa Fe Albums of 2013

Best Santa Fe Albums of 2013

Rumelia is very pleased to be part of this esteemed list—thank you santafe.com! From the santafe.com website…

We Can’t Say No To An Exotic Instrument

No dark corner of a pawn shop is safe from our creative impulses and no instrument is off limits in the recording studio. Prominent musical roles were given to exotic instruments such as the kora, bouzouki, cajón, djembe, dunun, steam wand, tupan, saz, gaida, calabash, low whistle, mbira, hosho, shekere, segon, ogan, boula, manman, the Haitian rhythm yanvalloux, ney, balafon and tupan – and that’s just the instrumentation on Round Mountain’s “The Goat.”

Other highlights included the Southeastern European instrumentation on Rumelia’s “Lost and Found,” the punk rock-informed drone of the electric autoharp on “Gregg Turner Plays the Hits” and the Middle Eastern stylings of anything tied to the talented Jeremy Bleich (the self-titled Trio Andaluz, Meagan Chandler’s “Sensual”).

For more information and to read the story, visit http://www.santafe.com/article/best-santa-fe-albums-of-2013

Fiddler Magazine Review of “Lost & Found”

Fiddler Magazine Review of “Lost & Found”

Fiddler Magazine

Fiddler Magazine

“This trio of young women play the music of the Balkans (Albania, Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, and Bulgaria) with style, skill, and precision. Sitara Schauer is a fiddler with violinistic chops, but a real sense of the regional nuance. She gets a rich tone when called for and knows when more of an edge is needed. Nicolle Jensen on lead vocals and doumbek, riq, and frame drum percussion; and Deborah Ungar on accordion and clarinet are very skilled and know this music intimately. The vocals are both sharp and sweet and sound true to the traditions represented. This recording is a most enjoyable listen, and makes me want to catch them live when I have my dancing shoes with me.”

—Kevin Carr, Fiddler Magazine (Summer Issue, 2013)

Rumelia CD Now Available!

Rumelia CD Now Available!

Cover art for Lost & Found

Cover art for Lost & Found

We are pleased to announce that our album is completed! Making the album this past year was a great experience for us and we could not have done it without the support from our friends, family, and fans. If you have not already purchased our album, stay tuned to our website as we will be selling the CD here in the coming weeks.

We love and appreciate you!

Rumelia

Rumelia: Lost & Found