Wintersongs - Menlo Park
Dec
11
4:00 pm16:00

Wintersongs - Menlo Park

  • St Bedes

Sunday, December 11 | 4 p.m.
Arts at St. Bede's
2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA

Tickets: $15 - $40
Tickets and more Info here
or call 800-838-3006

 

Kitka and the Young Women's Choral Project (Susan McMane, director) Igniting Joy! The YWCP's 5th Annual Gala
Mar
18
7:00 pm19:00

Kitka and the Young Women's Choral Project (Susan McMane, director) Igniting Joy! The YWCP's 5th Annual Gala

  • Calvary Presbyterian Church

5:45pm – cocktail reception
7pm – concert
8pm – dinner and live auction

Ticket link coming soon...

A joyful celebration for YWCP's fifth anniversary season, the YWCP Gala will feature our Young Women’s Chorus singing with special surprise guest artists (including Kitka). Expect a powerful musical journey from the ethereal sounds of contemplative folk melodies to rousing contemporary compositions of pure joy.


BULGARIAN HARMONIES: A VOCAL WORKSHOP WITH TZVETANKA VARIMEZOVA
Nov
19
2:00 pm14:00

BULGARIAN HARMONIES: A VOCAL WORKSHOP WITH TZVETANKA VARIMEZOVA

  • Omni Commons (Disco Room)

Space is limited!  Reserve your spot here.

The vocal techniques and extraordinary harmonies of Bulgarian music have entranced music lovers around the the globe. The brilliant tonal clarity and vocal agility of Bulgarian singers is universally appreciated and many musicians from other traditions have expressed a deep interest in decoding the mystery of the Bulgarian voice. Tzvetanka Varimezova has taught traditional Bulgarian vocal techniques, folk songs, and choral repertoire around the world for more than two decades and is a master of helping non-Bulgarian singers discover their open voice.

Singers of all ages, genders, and levels of experience welcome!

CANCELLED! Workshop: Sevdah - Songs of the Soul with Amira Medunjanin (Bosnia)
Nov
16
7:00 pm19:00

CANCELLED! Workshop: Sevdah - Songs of the Soul with Amira Medunjanin (Bosnia)

  • CYF Room, First Congregational Church of Oakland

Music journalist Garth Cartwright has dubbed Amira "Bosnia's Billie Holiday". The comparison reflects the way Amira voice turns sevdah inside out, finding new paths of expression within a tradition that dates back centuries. This very special workshop is open to singers of all ages, genders, and levels of experience. Space is limited and advance registration highly recommended. 

Kitka at the Fort Ross Festival
Jul
30
10:00 am10:00

Kitka at the Fort Ross Festival

  • Fort Ross State Historic Park

Tickets and more info here.

Bring your friends and family to the spectacular Sonoma Coast this July to celebrate Fort Ross Festival. Fort Ross was home to a rich tapestry of diverse people across the centuries. Join us in celebrating this diversity with a day of international flavors and cultures as we enjoy live music & dance, costumed historical vignettes, hands-on crafts for all ages, horse and buggy rides, an International Food Bazaar -- and of course, the Fort Ross Beer Garden!

Unleash Your Voice: Workshop Series with Briget Boyle - SIX TUESDAYS
Jul
19
Aug 23

Unleash Your Voice: Workshop Series with Briget Boyle - SIX TUESDAYS

This six-week workshop series 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.

Film Screening: Green Yayla-A Festival Story
Jun
24
7:00 pm19:00

Film Screening: Green Yayla-A Festival Story

  • Silk Road House

A project of the Gola Culture, Arts and Ecology Association, GREEN YAYLA: A FESTIVAL STORY is a documentary directed by Ilkay Nisanci and edited by Kutay Derin Kugay. This 90 minute film tells the story of the Green Yayla Festival, from its conception to its final event in a dramatic narrative showcasing an abundance of music, dance, social and ecological themes. This film offers a poignant glimpse into the traditional indigenous Laz Culture of the Eastern Black Sea region. 

Get tickets here.

Vocal Workshop with Elizabeth Setzer
Jun
11
12:00 pm12:00

Vocal Workshop with Elizabeth Setzer

Elizabeth Setzer, former member and musical director of Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble, will be giving two afternoon singing workshops in which she will teach folk songs from the Balkan and Caucasus regions, as well as some original compositions from the Kitka-commissioned song cycle Apple Blossoms and Brine (New Folksongs From Within, 2013).

Registration & Info: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2561866

Ground Floor Residency Program Berkeley Repertory Theater
Jun
7
Jun 19

Ground Floor Residency Program Berkeley Repertory Theater

Kitka is honored and thrilled to be among the projects selected by the Berkeley Repertory Theater for a 2-week Ground Floor Residency Program this June. We'll be using this opportunity to immerse ourselves in the development of the fully-staged version of our futuristic neo-feminist folk opera IRON SHOES, a collaboration between Kitka, our brilliant composer-from-within Janet Kutulas, director/choreographer Erika Chong Shuch, librettist Michelle Carter, and dancer-actors from the ESP Project. You can read the press release from the Berkeley Rep below. We're so excited!

Berkeley Rep Press Release

About the Summer Residency Lab

Ground Floor Residency Program Berkeley Repertory Theater summer residency lab brings artists to Berkeley to work on projects in June (1–4 week residencies). Artists are selected based on a combination of existing relationships with Berkeley Rep and an application process. Interaction with other artists, staff, board and, when appropriate, the public are highly encouraged. There is no final presentation required at the end of the lab. If a project is in a stage where a reading or an audience would be useful, then that will be arranged. But there is no expectation of any kind of public showing. The purpose is to identify where the project is in its development path, and to move it to the next stage, whatever that stage may be.

Bulgarian Folk Singing Workshop with Tzvetanka Varimezova
May
21
10:00 am10:00

Bulgarian Folk Singing Workshop with Tzvetanka Varimezova

  • First Congregational Church of Oakland

Workshop location:
CYF Room
First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA 94612
$35
Advance registration recommended!
Tickets here.

The vocal techniques and extraordinary harmonies of Bulgarian music have entranced music lovers around the the globe. The brilliant tonal clarity and vocal agility of Bulgarian singers is universally appreciated and many musicians from other traditions have expressed a deep interest in decoding “the mystery of the Bulgarian voice.” Tzvetanka Varimezova has taught traditional Bulgarian vocal techniques, folk songs, and choral repertoire around the world for more than two decades and is a master of helping non-Bulgarian singers discover their open voice.The vocal techniques and extraordinary harmonies of Bulgarian music have entranced music lovers around the the globe. The brilliant tonal clarity and vocal agility of Bulgarian singers is universally appreciated and many musicians from other traditions have expressed a deep interest in decoding “the mystery of the Bulgarian voice.” Tzvetanka Varimezova has taught traditional Bulgarian vocal techniques, folk songs, and choral repertoire around the world for more than two decades and is a master of helping non-Bulgarian singers discover their open voice.

 

Esma Redzepova "Queen of Romani Song" and her Folk Masters Band
Apr
30
8:00 pm20:00

Esma Redzepova "Queen of Romani Song" and her Folk Masters Band

Workshops and Concert/Dance Party in the Bay Areaas part of Voice of Roma's 19th Annual Herderljezi Festival

Location and ticket details TBA soon...

Esma Redzepova  is internationally acclaimed as the "Queen of Romani Songs" and was one of NPR's 50 Greatest Voices. Born in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, she began her professional career at the age of 13. She was the first Balkan performer to make Romani music popular with non-Romani audiences on elite concert stages in the early 1960's. Esma, who sings in over 10 languages, earned the title "Queen of Romani Songs" at the World Festival of Romani Music in India in 1976. At the Festival of Roma Experiences in Moscow in 2000, Esma was proclaimed Laureate and Roma Singer of the Century. In 2013 she represented Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest. Esma has performed for many heads of state and has toured for more than four decades, giving more than 8,000 concerts in over 30 countries. She has played in plazas, stadiums, and opera houses, for villagers as well as world leaders.

Beloved Balkan Songs: A Workshop Series
Mar
1
May 3

Beloved Balkan Songs: A Workshop Series

10 Tuesday Evenings 7:30 - 9:30 pm
March 1 - May 3, 2016

$200 for series
Convenient East Bay location will be disclosed upon registration

In this workshop series, Shira Cion and Rumen “Sali” Shopov will share some of the most beloved folk songs sung at gatherings of everyday people in communities throughout the Balkans. All material will be taught by ear. Lyric sheets and source recordings will be provided.

Singers of all ages, genders, and levels of experience are welcome! The only pre-requisite is the ability to accurately match pitch and solidly hold one's part when singing in harmony with others.

More info here.

 

 

 

 

Kitka: Special appearance with Mariana Sadovska
Feb
6
8:00 pm20:00

Kitka: Special appearance with Mariana Sadovska

  • SF Jazz Center

Dynamic composer and performer Mariana Sadovska concludes an afternoon of intimate concerts in the Joe Henderson Lab, in the third day of Kronos Festival 2016: Explorer Series. Sadovska combines a love of the traditional songs, stories and rituals of her native Ukraine with a cosmopolitan, experimental sensibility, creating solo and chamber works of “pure vitality” (New York Times). She is joined for part of her set by beloved Bay Area women's vocal ensemble KITKA, for selections from her Ukrainian Callings series, based on a collection of songs she learned from rural Ukrainian women.

Tickets and more info

 

CALLINGS: UKRAINIAN RITUAL SONGS WORKSHOPS WITH MARIANA SADOVSKA
Jan
31
5:00 pm17:00

CALLINGS: UKRAINIAN RITUAL SONGS WORKSHOPS WITH MARIANA SADOVSKA

  • Silk Road House

Kitka presents:

CALLINGS: UKRAINIAN RITUAL SONGS WORKSHOPS WITH MARIANA SADOVSKA

Workshop I: Saturday, January 30, 2016 12-3 PM
Workshop II: Sunday, January 31, 2016 5-8 PM
Silk Road House
1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA
Cost: $45 per workshop/$80 for both

Tickets available here

Mariana Sadovska is a singer, musician, actress and composer. Born in Lviv, Ukraine, her work in music and theater is inspired by the indigenous cultures and sounds from around the world. By organizing ethno-musical expeditions, she has collected a large body of traditional songs, stories and rituals which she transforms into modern sounds for today's generation.

For many years, Mariana has lead workshops exploring the East-European traditional "white voice" as well a contemporary vocal techniques. Based on her experiences with the Polish Theatre Gardzienice she has developed a system of exercises enabling the discovery of the bonds between movement and singing, gesture and voice, rhythm and breath. She looks for the essence of every song, stimulating the imagination and strives for true expression. She acquaintances us with the rituals, social origins and basis of everyday life contained in the individual songs  e.g. calling songs, wedding songs, lullabies, ballads and healing songs.

Sadovska has conducted numerous workshops at colleges, universities, art centers, and festivals around the world, including International Workshop Festival (Israel), Grotowski Intitute (Poland), Giving Voice (GB), Royal Shakespeare Co. (UK), University of Kabul (Afghanistan), and Harvard, Princeton, Swarthmore, University of NM, UC Santa Barbara, and NYU (USA).

Mariana performs her the West Coast premiere of Chernobyl: The Harvest with the Kronos Quartet on February 4 at the SF Jazz Center. On February 6 at 5 PM, she will present a solo recital at SFJazz's Joe Henderson Lab which will include a special appearance by Kitka.

"Sometimes a musician has such an inborn desire to communicate that her message naturally becomes universal: it doesn't matter whether she is singing soul or bel canto or folk. Such was the case with the Ukrainian singer Mariana Sadovska." ~ Ben Ratliff , The New York Times

CALLINGS: UKRAINIAN RITUAL SONGS WORKSHOPS WITH MARIANA SADOVSKA
Jan
30
12:00 pm12:00

CALLINGS: UKRAINIAN RITUAL SONGS WORKSHOPS WITH MARIANA SADOVSKA

  • Silk Road House

Kitka presents:

CALLINGS: UKRAINIAN RITUAL SONGS WORKSHOPS WITH MARIANA SADOVSKA

Workshop I: Saturday, January 30, 2016 12-3 PM
Workshop II: Sunday, January 31, 2016 5-8 PM
Silk Road House
1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA
Cost: $45 per workshop/$80 for both

Tickets available here

Mariana Sadovska is a singer, musician, actress and composer. Born in Lviv, Ukraine, her work in music and theater is inspired by the indigenous cultures and sounds from around the world. By organizing ethno-musical expeditions, she has collected a large body of traditional songs, stories and rituals which she transforms into modern sounds for today's generation.

For many years, Mariana has lead workshops exploring the East-European traditional "white voice" as well a contemporary vocal techniques. Based on her experiences with the Polish Theatre Gardzienice she has developed a system of exercises enabling the discovery of the bonds between movement and singing, gesture and voice, rhythm and breath. She looks for the essence of every song, stimulating the imagination and strives for true expression. She acquaintances us with the rituals, social origins and basis of everyday life contained in the individual songs  e.g. calling songs, wedding songs, lullabies, ballads and healing songs.

Sadovska has conducted numerous workshops at colleges, universities, art centers, and festivals around the world, including International Workshop Festival (Israel), Grotowski Intitute (Poland), Giving Voice (GB), Royal Shakespeare Co. (UK), University of Kabul (Afghanistan), and Harvard, Princeton, Swarthmore, University of NM, UC Santa Barbara, and NYU (USA).

Mariana performs her the West Coast premiere of Chernobyl: The Harvest with the Kronos Quartet on February 4 at the SF Jazz Center. On February 6 at 5 PM, she will present a solo recital at SFJazz's Joe Henderson Lab which will include a special appearance by Kitka.

"Sometimes a musician has such an inborn desire to communicate that her message naturally becomes universal: it doesn't matter whether she is singing soul or bel canto or folk. Such was the case with the Ukrainian singer Mariana Sadovska." ~ Ben Ratliff , The New York Times

Wintersongs, San Francisco, CA
Dec
19
8:00 pm20:00

Wintersongs, San Francisco, CA

  • Old First Church

Wintersongs is Kitka's critically-acclaimed and wildly popular winter holiday program showcasing seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions.

Wintersongs:  Oakland, CA
Dec
18
8:00 pm20:00

Wintersongs: Oakland, CA

  • St Paul's Church

Wintersongs is Kitka's critically-acclaimed and wildly popular winter holiday program showcasing seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions.

Wintersongs:  Menlo Park, CA
Dec
13
4:00 pm16:00

Wintersongs: Menlo Park, CA

  • St Bedes

Wintersongs is Kitka's critically-acclaimed and wildly popular winter holiday program showcasing seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions.

Wintersongs:  San Rafael, CA
Dec
12
8:00 pm20:00

Wintersongs: San Rafael, CA

  • Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts

Wintersongs is Kitka's critically-acclaimed and wildly popular winter holiday program showcasing seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions.

Bulgarian Wintersongs Part II: A Vocal Workshop with Tzvetanka Varimezova
Nov
24
7:30 pm19:30

Bulgarian Wintersongs Part II: A Vocal Workshop with Tzvetanka Varimezova

  • Silk Road House

Tzvetanka Varimezova has taught traditional Bulgarian vocal techniques, folk songs, and choral repertoire around the world for more than two decades and is a master of helping non-Bulgarian singers discover their open voice. These very special workshops will focus on Koleda songs traditionally sung in Bulgaria around the Winter Solstice, Christmas, and the New Year.

More info and tickets

Kitka performs at the International Body Music Festival Mini-Fest
Nov
21
8:00 pm20:00

Kitka performs at the International Body Music Festival Mini-Fest

  • Freight & Salvage

The different styles of body music from around the world reveal other times and other cultures – they hold memories, cultural legacies, wisdom in rhythm, embodied in the body, internal, external, eternal. Body music is incredibly fun to watch, hear, and create for yourself. It’s art for all ages, good for the mind, the body, and the spirit!

More info and tickets

Bulgarian Wintersongs Part I: A Vocal Workshop with Tzvetanka Varimezova
Nov
21
2:15 pm14:15

Bulgarian Wintersongs Part I: A Vocal Workshop with Tzvetanka Varimezova

  • Freight & Salvage

Tzvetanka Varimezova has taught traditional Bulgarian vocal techniques, folk songs, and choral repertoire around the world for more than two decades and is a master of helping non-Bulgarian singers discover their open voice. These very special workshops will focus on Koleda songs traditionally sung in Bulgaria around the Winter Solstice, Christmas, and the New Year.

More info and tickets