Saturday July 27, 2019
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Rufina Taproom & Matron Records presents:
A night of Balkan-inspired music by locals Rumelia Collective & Korvin Orkestar!
8pm // All Ages // FREE
Rumelia Collective is a group of musicians who love playing the music of the Balkans and Mideast, as well as many other musical styles from around the world. The group weaves an intricate and mesmerizing blend of contemporary and traditional folk elements in their arrangements.
“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), close harmonies, as well as 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.
Santa Fe’s Korvin Orkestar plays the incendiary brass music of the Balkans. Inspired by luminary Roma artists and teachers including Demiran Ćerimović (VranjskiBiseri), Nizo Alimov (Kočani Orkestar) and Zahir Ramadanov (Esma Redzepova / Ansambl Teodosievski), the band delves into this deep tradition to elevate audiences with music that is stirring and ecstatic. Featuring Max Kluger-Bell and Nick Kunz on drums and percussion, Alan Kapulski on tuba, Liv Orovich and Dylan Pettigrew on trombone, and William Giaquinto and Char Rothschild on trumpet, the band shares a dedication to Balkan Brass music and a fascination with the changing nature of this living tradition that embraces and embodies the cultures of friends and enemies alike.