Rumelia and Folk Dancers Bring Balkans to Pyramid Cafe Saturday

Rumelia at the Pyramid Cafe in Los Alamos May 13. Photo by David Griggs
Los Alamos folk dancers at the May 13 Rumelia show at the Pyramid Cafe. Photo by David Griggs

Staff Report

Rumelia is returning to the Pyramid Café, 751 Central Park Square, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15.

The band has an enthusiastic local following, including Los Alamos folk dancers, who add their talents to the evening. There is a $10 cover and children are free.

Rumelia is a band composed of three women who are putting a new spin on music from Eastern Europe, a region generally known as the Balkans.

Rumelia’s repertoire is derived from the traditional and popular tunes of Albania, Turkey, Greece, Macedonia and Bulgaria with a little Sephardic and a lot of Roma (Gypsy) music thrown in for good measure.

Band members include Nicolle Jensen (lead vocals, doumbek, bass doumbek, frame drum and riq), Sitara Schauer (violin, backup vocals, guitar and mandolin) and Deborah Ungar (accordion and clarinet.)

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