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-woman 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.
Join Kitka in a celebratory circle of song! Experience the magic of raising your voice to create lush Eastern European seasonal harmonies as they were originally intended to be sung by many voices in community! Singers of all ages are welcome and no experience is necessary.
ZVEZDA VEČERNICA - EVENING STAR STUDIO SESSIONS
Šop region, Bulgaria Music and lyrics by Stefan Dragostinov Track 11 on the album Evening Star (Diaphonica 2018) order Evening Star here!
Performed by: KITKA Women's Vocal Ensemble: Kelly Atkins, Caitlin Tabancay Austin, Natalie Bartlett, Barbara Byers, Shira Cion, Janet Kutulas, Michele Simon, and Corinne Sykes.
In Slavic mythology, the Evening Star was a female deity associated with the planets Venus and Mercury. By some accounts, she was a virgin goddess, and according to others she was the wife of the Moon god and mother of all the stars. Christian lore incorporated the Evening Star into the Nativity story as the Star of Bethlehem.
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.