Kitka at the Fort Ross Festival
Jul
27
10:00 AM10:00

Kitka at the Fort Ross Festival

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Looking for the perfect way to celebrate Summer in Sonoma County? Join us on July 27th for Fort Ross Festival! Where else can you witness Kashia Pomo ceremonial dancing, sing along to Americana Swing, learn from Alaska Native craftspeople, and take in traditional Russian performances, all together on the most beautiful stretch of the Sonoma coast?

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ResoNation Festival Opening Night
Sep
21
7:30 PM19:30

ResoNation Festival Opening Night

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The Graduate Theological Union is pleased to announce ResoNation: Sacred Sounds Beyond Borders, a sacred world music convocation premiering in September 2019 that will present music that celebrates and heals the human spirit, transcends borders, and engages the whole person and wider community.

This inaugural evening concert will feature local Bay Area artists performing in the Pacific School of Religion (PSR) Chapel.

Featured artists include:

Miriam Peretz - Sepharidic Jewish music and dance

Mahsa Vahdat and Atabak Elyasi - Sufi and Baha'i influenced music

Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble - traditional songs and vocal techniques from Eastern Europe and Eurasia

Parvathy Baul - Hindu music and dance

Linda Tillery - African American roots music

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ResoNation Community Music Day
Sep
22
1:00 PM13:00

ResoNation Community Music Day

Join us for a free community music day for all ages on the Pacific School of Religion campus! Featuring participatory workshop sessions with: Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble, Threshold Choir, Nigun Collective, Catherine Braslavsky, Rev. Ann Jefferson, Mahsa Vahdat, Miriam Peretz and more!

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Kitka in Concert at New Music Bay Area's Garden of Memory
Jun
21
5:00 PM17:00

Kitka in Concert at New Music Bay Area's Garden of Memory

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Kitka performance times (in the Chimes Chapel):

5-5:20pm Set #1
6:55-7:15pm Set #2
8:15-8:35pm Set #3

The Garden of Memory is a popular summer solstice festival featuring simultaneous performances in the many chapels and courtyards of the beautiful The Chapel of the Chimes columbarium. Dozens of Bay Area musicians, composers, and sound artists present an astonishing variety of acoustic and electronic music performances, installations, and interactive events throughout the building. Getting lost is part of the experience as guests climb up and down the three floors through a maze of gently illuminated gardens, cloisters, alcoves, stairwells, fountains and other architectural elements which rise into vaulted ceilings created by notable architects including Julia Morgan.

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 Lullabies: A Vocal Workshop with Mahsa Vahdat
Jul
14
2:00 PM14:00

Lullabies: A Vocal Workshop with Mahsa Vahdat

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After participating in the Lullabies from the Axis of Evil project  in 2003, lullabies  became important part of Iranian singer Mahsa Vahdat’s musical repertory in her albums and performances. In this workshop Mahsa will share lullabies she learned from her grandmother as well as cradle songs from a variety of Persian regional folk traditions, reshaped with her own creative musical expression and interpretation. 

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Kodály Center 50th Anniversary and Reunion Opening Event, with special guests Kitka
Jul
11
7:00 PM19:00

Kodály Center 50th Anniversary and Reunion Opening Event, with special guests Kitka

  • Kodály Center, Holy Names University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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Kitka is honored to be the special guest at the opening event of Kolály Center’s 50th Anniversary and Reunion.

Celebrating 50 years of excellence in music education, Kodály Center purpose is to advance Zoltán Kodály’s vision of music for all, providing quality, accessible and inclusive music education for diverse communities and cultures.

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 Pranayama (Yoga Breathing) for Singers
Jul
2
7:00 PM19:00

Pranayama (Yoga Breathing) for Singers

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Pranayama is an ancient Ayurvedic practice of controlling the breath.  The word pranayama comes from the Sanskrit prana for life force (or breath) and ayama for extending or stretching.  Join us for a 2 hour workshop in pranayama for singers.  Learn new practices to enhance and inform your breathing, and how to apply these exercises to your regular singing practice and performance needs.

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Kitka in Concert at New Music Bay Area's Garden of Memory
Jun
21
5:00 PM17:00

Kitka in Concert at New Music Bay Area's Garden of Memory

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Kitka performance times (in the Chimes Chapel):

5-5:20pm Set #1
6:55-7:15pm Set #2
8:15-8:35pm Set #3

The Garden of Memory is a popular summer solstice festival featuring simultaneous performances in the many chapels and courtyards of the beautiful The Chapel of the Chimes columbarium. Dozens of Bay Area musicians, composers, and sound artists present an astonishing variety of acoustic and electronic music performances, installations, and interactive events throughout the building. Getting lost is part of the experience as guests climb up and down the three floors through a maze of gently illuminated gardens, cloisters, alcoves, stairwells, fountains and other architectural elements which rise into vaulted ceilings created by notable architects including Julia Morgan.

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My Voice Is My Home: A Workshop with Mahsa Vahdat
Jun
2
2:00 PM14:00

My Voice Is My Home: A Workshop with Mahsa Vahdat

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Kitka is truly honored to continue our vocal workshop and intimate dialogue series with the exquisite vocalist and cultural activist Mahsa Vahdat from Tehran, Iran. The theme of this workshop will be "Home." How do we carry notions of home, heritage, and belonging through giving authentic voice to our songs and stories? How do we preserve and transform the song legacies of our ancestors in a far away lands?

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Kitka and Kostroma in Concert
Jun
1
8:00 PM20:00

Kitka and Kostroma in Concert

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A concert of old Slavic ritual songs for spring and summertime performed by Kitka and Russian House Kedry's Kostroma Vocal Ensemble. Russian House Kedry is made up of immigrant families who live in Silicon Valley with the goal to create a rich cultural and linguistic environment for the Russian-speaking community and beyond.

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Renaissance by Amy Seiwert (World Premiere) - with music by Kitka
May
31
to Jun 1

Renaissance by Amy Seiwert (World Premiere) - with music by Kitka

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… a thrilling world premiere titled Renaissance. Set to the prerecorded music of Oakland-based group Kitka, a women’s a cappella vocal ensemble, Seiwert’s Renaissance explores music from Eastern European traditions as it honors the strength of community and women standing together.

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Renaissance by Amy Seiwert (World Premiere) - with music by Kitka
May
23
to May 26

Renaissance by Amy Seiwert (World Premiere) - with music by Kitka

  • Mountain View Center for the Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

More info and tickets here

… a thrilling world premiere titled Renaissance. Set to the prerecorded music of Oakland-based group Kitka, a women’s a cappella vocal ensemble, Seiwert’s Renaissance explores music from Eastern European traditions as it honors the strength of community and women standing together.

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 Intimate Concert with Saina
May
19
7:00 PM19:00

Intimate Concert with Saina

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Saina is an indigenous singer from the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia. She comes from a mixed heritage of native Siberian people, the Sakha and teh Evenk. Saina performs songs that have been passed down through the generations. She has studied with tribal elders and maintains the authentic timbres and intonations of these ancient songs. Saina sings in the traditional style and accompanies herself on instruments like the khomus and the shamanic drum. Her songs are a rich illustration of the Siberian landscape, with themes ranging from celebratory songs, shamanic rituals, and tunes that accompany everyday life of Siberia's nomadic peoples.

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Renaissance by Amy Seiwert (World Premiere) - with music by Kitka
May
17
to May 18

Renaissance by Amy Seiwert (World Premiere) - with music by Kitka

  • Lesher Center for the Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

More info and tickets here

… a thrilling world premiere titled Renaissance. Set to the prerecorded music of Oakland-based group Kitka, a women’s a cappella vocal ensemble, Seiwert’s Renaissance explores music from Eastern European traditions as it honors the strength of community and women standing together.

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Up Close Series: Kitka in Concert
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

Up Close Series: Kitka in Concert

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”You're in for a treat as the 2018-2019 PJCC Up Close concert series closes with KITKA. Celebrating their 40th season, the women’s vocal ensemble is unlike any other, blending a contemporary sensibility with specialized vocal techniques that have been distilled over centuries. Using only the pure unaccompanied voice, Kitka creates a constantly shifting landscape of sound, pulsing with angular rhythms, where dramatic dynamics leap from delicate stillness to shattering resonance, and seamless harmonies explode into lush, incomprehensible chords.”

Photo by John Nilsen

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Renaissance by Amy Seiwert (World Premiere) - with music by Kitka
Apr
26
to May 5

Renaissance by Amy Seiwert (World Premiere) - with music by Kitka

  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

More info and tickets here

… a thrilling world premiere titled Renaissance. Set to the prerecorded music of Oakland-based group Kitka, a women’s a cappella vocal ensemble, Seiwert’s Renaissance explores music from Eastern European traditions as it honors the strength of community and women standing together.

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Georgian Folk Singing Workshop with Adilei & Chamgeliani Sisters
Apr
21
3:00 PM15:00

Georgian Folk Singing Workshop with Adilei & Chamgeliani Sisters

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Learn exciting Georgian folk songs with Adilei and the Chamgeliani Sisters. Adilei is a young choir from Tbilisi who sing traditional music with playful energy and improvisational flair. The Chamgeliani Sisters sing hauntingly beautiful ancient songs from Svaneti, a remote region in the high Causasian mountains.

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Temple of Light Georgian Choir - Spring 2019 Session
Mar
24
7:00 PM19:00

Temple of Light Georgian Choir - Spring 2019 Session

The Temple of Light Georgian Community Choir is an American volunteer mixed-gender community vocal arts project and workshop series dedicated to the study and performance of traditional polyphonic music from the Republic of Georgia, Lazona, and neighboring Black Sea and Caucasus regions. The Choir is directed by Kristine Barrett. 

Sundays 3/24 - 4/28 plus workshops.

More info and registration here.

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Kitka's 40th Anniversary Celebration & Reunion Concert
Mar
10
7:30 PM19:30

Kitka's 40th Anniversary Celebration & Reunion Concert

  • First Congregational Church of Oakland (United Church of Christ) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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Kitka, Oakland's own powerhouse women's vocal ensemble, celebrates their 40th Anniversary with an uplifting evening of soulful songs, stories and recollections gathered over decades of exploring collective singing traditions from Eastern Europe and beyond. More than three dozen women who have contributed their creativity to this trailblazing ensemble's journey will come together in what promises to be a magical evening of music and memories. Special guest Bulgarian vocalist and choir master Tzvetanka Varimezova will make a special appearance as director of the Kitka Reunion Choir.

Cover painting by Vladimir Dimitrov

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Kitka Special Appearance at the Chicago Children's Chorus' World Music Festival
Feb
9
3:30 PM15:30

Kitka Special Appearance at the Chicago Children's Chorus' World Music Festival

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The annual World Music Festival explores the rich and diverse musical traditions of various countries and cultures. Members of our Neighborhood Choirs, DiMension and Voice of Chicago present an exciting performance that showcases international repertoire. This event is a key component in our curriculum to create global citizens through music.

Photo by Tomas Pacha

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Headlands Community Folk Ensemble - Winter 2019
Jan
29
7:00 PM19:00

Headlands Community Folk Ensemble - Winter 2019

  • Sausalito (exact location upon registration) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ports and harbors are places where culture and ideas are exchanged. From Norweigan sea spells to Irish sean-nós songs, Headlands Community Folk Ensemble is a women’s vocal arts project exploring song traditions from Iceland, Eastern Europe, the British Isles, the Baltics, Scandinavia, and the Caucasus.


More info and registration here.

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Vajra Voices & Kitka In Sacred Spaces: The Eve of the March
Jan
18
7:30 PM19:30

Vajra Voices & Kitka In Sacred Spaces: The Eve of the March

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This event honors the 2019 Women’s March by bringing community members together around this spiritually nourishing music. Each and all of us involved in this project are inspired by the strength and wisdom inherent in mysticism, and by women’s music and vocal traditions distilled over centuries.

Vajra Voices and Grace Cathedral present:

THE EVE OF THE MARCH 
A celebration of the divine feminine in song, featuring:
Vajra Voices, Karen R. Clark, director
Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble
with Shira Kammen, multi-instrumentalist
and Theresa Wong, composer/cellist/vocalist

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