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Rumelia Collective

Saturday May 11, 2019

GiG Performance Space
1808 Second Street
Ste L
Santa Fe, NM 87505

The group are known for their lush four-part vocal harmonies, innovative use of traditional and Western instrumentation, including Turkish bağlama/saz, violin, mandolin and traditional percussion.


SANTA FE- Rumelia Collective is delighted to perform their first concert of 2019 at GiG Performance Space in Santa Fe. The group plays music of the Balkans and Mideast, as well as many other musical styles from around the world. Members Nicolle Jensen, Willa Roberts, Sitara Schauer, and Alysha Shaw weave an intricate and mesmerizing blend of contemporary and traditional folk elements in their arrangements. They are known for their lush four-part vocal harmonies, as well as their innovative use of both traditional and western instrumentation, including Turkish bağlama/saz, violin, guitar, mandolin, and traditional percussion including doumbek, frame drum, cajon, riqq, and Turkish spoons.

“Rumelia” comes from the word “Rumeli” meaning “Land of the Romans,” a Turkish word used to describe the southern Balkan region. The music is unique to the western ear in that it uses odd time signatures (e.g. 5/8, 7/8, 9/8, 11/8) as well as close harmonies, and eastern scales and tonalities. Rumelia Collective’s core repertoire is derived from traditional and popular tunes of Albania, Turkey, Greece, Macedonia and Bulgaria, to name a few.

After many years of collaboration, Rumelia Collective has developed an exciting new repertoire and sound, and are working toward recording a new album in the near future.


Saturday, May 11, 2019

7:30 PM

at GiG Performance Space

1808 Second Street, Santa Fe, NM  87505

$20 at the door, $22 online

Tickets available here:



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