Balkan sounds: The Rumelia Col­lec­tive

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS -

Mem­bers of the pop­u­lar lo­cal folk band known as the Rumelia Col­lec­tive can some­times be found around town at karaoke nights, im­press­ing bar crowds with stel­lar ren­di­tions of rock songs that most am­a­teurs would never at­tempt to sing in pub­lic. The Rumelia Col­lec­tive present their first con­cert with a new lineup at San Miguel Chapel (401 Old Santa Fe Trail) on Satur­day, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. Alysha Shaw, Si­tara Schauer, Ni­colle Jensen, Willa Roberts, and Hayriye Bü¸sra So­lak (be­low, left to right) per­form tra­di­tional folk songs from Al­ba­nia, Bul­garia, Ge­or­gia, Greece, Rus­sia, and other parts of Eastern Europe and the Mid­dle East. Their con­tem­po­rary style means they flit eas­ily between sear­ing bal­lads and up­tempo dance songs, and their strik­ingly lush vo­cal har­monies are likely to be es­pe­cially pow­er­ful in the in­ti­mate set­ting of the cen­turies-old adobe church. Ad­mis­sion is $20 at the door ($10 for stu­dents and se­niors; free for chil­dren un­der 12). For more in­for­ma­tion call 505-795-9145. — J.L.

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