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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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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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)
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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)
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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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Unleash Your Voice Workshop with Briget Boyle - Fall 2018
Sep
25
to Oct 30

Unleash Your Voice Workshop with Briget Boyle - Fall 2018

  • First Congregational Church of Oakland (Choir Room) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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Headlands Community Folk Ensemble - Fall 2018
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Headlands Community Folk Ensemble - Fall 2018

  • 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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Kitka Presents: Supra Club! at the Punchdown
Sep
16
4:30 PM16:30

Kitka Presents: Supra Club! at the Punchdown

  • The Punch Down - A Natural Wine Bar, Kitchen and Bottle Shop (map)
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A Georgian ritual feast meets the modern California supper club! Join us for an evening of Georgian-Californian fusion cuisine prepared by Port and Provisions' Chef David Johnson, natural wine pairings by Pheasant's Tears and The Punchdown, and uplifting toasts and soulful table songs by Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble joined by special guest Georgian song master Ketevan Mindorashvili.

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Georgian Folk Singing: A Workshop with Ketevan Mindorashvili
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

Georgian Folk Singing: A Workshop with Ketevan Mindorashvili

  • First Congregational Church of Oakland (United Church of Christ) (map)
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Prepare to be uplifted and blown away by the exquisite and unusual harmonies of traditional Georgian vocal music! Learn about the history of Georgian music while Ketevan Mindorashvili, director of Georgia's Zedashe Ensemble, teaches you songs from this storied country which is the birthplace of one of the world's oldest and most fascinating polyphonic singing traditions.

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Songs & Stories: An Evening of Georgian Folk Tales and Songs with Temple of Light Georgian Choir
Sep
2
7:00 PM19:00

Songs & Stories: An Evening of Georgian Folk Tales and Songs with Temple of Light Georgian Choir

  • Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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GOLOSA: Slavic Voices at the Fort Ross Festival
Jul
28
10:00 AM10:00

GOLOSA: Slavic Voices at the Fort Ross Festival

A truly magical day featuring Kitka, Russian House Kedry, Dolina, Slavyanka, Zabavushka, Kalinka, SF Balalaika Ensemble, and a special ceremonial performance by the Su Nu Nu Shinal Kashia Pomo Dancers, and much more... including crafts, international foods, and the stunning Sonoma coastline!  (Kitka set times TBA)

Reservations and more info: https://www.fortross.org/fort-ross-festival-2018.htm

(Photo by Tomas Pacha)

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Unleash Your Voice Workshop with Briget Boyle
Jul
25
to Aug 29

Unleash Your Voice Workshop with Briget Boyle

  • First Congregational Church of Oakland (Choir Room) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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ALBANIAN AND GREEK TRADITIONAL POLYPHONIC SINGING WORKSHOPS
Jul
10
7:30 PM19:30

ALBANIAN AND GREEK TRADITIONAL POLYPHONIC SINGING WORKSHOPS

This month-long workshop will explore the unique and ancient polyphonic style of singing that is shared between Southern Albania and North-Western Greece. Soulful melodies, wild ornaments, and epic harmonies will transport us to the stone villages perched among the canyons and gorges of the Pindus mountain range.

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Headlands Community Folk Ensemble
Jul
10
7:00 PM19:00

Headlands Community Folk Ensemble

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

Ports and harbors are places where culture and ideas are exchanged. From Norwegian sea spells to Ukrainian Rusalka songs, Headlands Community Folk Ensemble is a 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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