Let’s hear it for the riq: Rumelia

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Al­most four cen­turies old, San Miguel Chapel is a great place to hear rootsy mu­sic, and that’s Rumelia’s spe­cialty: the his­toric mu­sic of Eastern Europe and of the Sephardic Jews. “We no­ticed that we have a num­ber of Greek and Turk­ish songs in our reper­toire that also have Sephardic ver­sions — songs that are sim­i­lar melod­i­cally and fea­ture Ladino lyrics. We’ve been ex­plor­ing pair­ing th­ese tunes with their coun­ter­parts in our record­ing and in this con­cert,” Deb­o­rah Un­gar said. Her band­mates are Ni­colle Jensen, Si­tara Schauer, and Alysha Shaw. Their in­stru­ments are ac­cor­dion, clar­inet, vi­o­lin, riq (Mid­dle Eastern tam­bourine), frame drum, ca­jón (box drum), and doum­bek (goblet drum). Rumelia per­forms at 8 p.m. on Satur­day, April 18, at San Miguel (401 Old Santa Fe Trail). It’s $15 to $20 at the door; for ad­vance tick­ets, call 505-501-8106 or email rumelia.mu­sic@gmail.com. — Paul Wei­de­man

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