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.
Come enjoy an evening of live music with Kitka and light refreshments at the Pomeroy Center! Pomeroy Live events are open to people of all ages, with and without disabilities. The venue is fully accessible.
A magical event in the gorgeous Julia Morgan designed columbarium, Garden of Memory is dedicated to the discovery of music that pushes boundaries - electroacoustic, new classical, unusual jazz, new approaches to world music, or anything unique.
Iron Shoes WORLD PREMIERE!
Extended through Sunday, May 6 Opening Night: Thursday, March 22 Presented by Shotgun Players & Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble
Created by Janet Kutulas, Michelle Carter, & Erika Chong Shuch
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. https://shotgunplayers.org/Online/art...
Kitka's newest Wintersongs program & CD (Winter 2018): "Evening Star".