The women in Kitka are fearless sonic explorers, and you can hear their intrepid spirit in every haunting song. For nearly four decades, the eight-women Oakland ensemble has developed a vast, breathtaking repertoire of traditional songs from the Balkans, Caucasus and Slavic lands, as well as new material composed for the group drawing on those traditional vocal practices. Traveling to rural communities in Armenia and Bulgaria, Ukraine and Georgia, Serbia and Turkey, they’ve gathered songs and communed with elders who are often the last links to centuries-old traditions. The ravishing textures of the women’s voices, unearthly cadences, angular rhythms and unfamiliar languages make Kitka’s performances an enthralling experience.
In this six-week workshop series, Briget will focus on Eastern European singing techniques and how they can be applied to folk and popular styles from other regions. She will discuss and demonstrate how to develop a personal, confident, and healthy vocal technique, as well as how to perform effectively alone and in groups. At the end of the series, students will have the opportunity to perform some of the material learned in the workshop.
Space is limited! Reserve your spot here.
Join us for an evening of oral storytelling and traditional polyphonic music from the Republic of Georgia! Kitka’s Temple of Light Georgian Community Choir and storyteller Dana Sherry will weave together folktales, legends, and ancient melodies that are guaranteed to transport the listener across the Black Sea, through the Caucasus Mountains, and beyond.
A World Premiere, presented by Shotgun Players & Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble. Created by Janet Kutulas, Michelle Carter, & Erika Chong Shuch, Iron Shoes is a contemporary folk opera that reimagines Eastern European fairy tales as radical stories for our time. Iron Shoes brings together a rambunctious, world-class ensemble of vocalists, dancers, and actors to evoke what it really means to walk a mile in someone else's shoes.
Kitka's newest Wintersongs program & CD (released Winter of 2018): "Evening Star".