Hannah Levy leading a vocal workshop at Oberlin College, Ohio

Hannah Levy leading a vocal workshop at Oberlin College, Ohio

"Khidebi" (Bridges) is a new incarnation of Kitka's Georgian Community Choir!

Khidebi is a mixed adult vocal ensemble dedicated to the study and celebration of the vast sonic landscapes of Georgia and its surrounding areas. This 11-week workshop/rehearsal series will focus on the diverse harmonies and vocal techniques of the Caucasus and neighboring Black Sea regions, paying particular attention to the pronunciation, folklore, folk dances, and cultural contexts of the repertoire. Kitka vocalist Hannah Levy will direct the inaugural, Fall 2019 series.

Khidebi's inaugural series will also include a rehearsal led by Kitka’s Temple of Light Georgian Community Choir founder Kristine Barrett on November 10, a masterclass with Georgian folk song master/scholar Carl Linich on November 24, as well as visits from other surprise special guest artists.

The choir will meet eleven Sunday evenings from 7 - 9pm at a central East Bay location which will be disclosed upon enrollment. Tuition is $220 for the 11-class series / $165 for low income participants.


details

The Fall 2019 workshop series details:

  • DATES: 11 Weeks: September 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20, 22; November 3, 10, 17, 24; December 1

  • TIME: 7pm - 9pm

  • DIRECTED BY: Hannah Levy

  • LOCATION: East Bay: Location disclosed upon registration

  • COST: $220 for the 11-class series / $165 for low income participants

  • Participation in the choir is by audition or invitation only (see below). Space is very limited

  • A private registration and rehearsal information link will be sent to all Khidebi members (see below)


auditions

As space in the choir is limited, membership is by invitation (for returning Kitka Georgian Community Choir singers) and informal audition (for prospective new members) only.

The deadline for returning singers to renew their membership, and for prospective new members to submit audition materials is FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13. New members will be selected based on available space and the vocal needs of the ensemble. Prospective new members will be notified of their status by Wednesday, September 18.

Interested singers should send a brief statement of interest and/ or a description of your musical experience, a raw a cappella recordings (Mp3 or YouTube video link) of any one or two vocal piece(s) as an email attachment to this email address. (This can be as simple as a smart phone voice message recording of your rendition of “Happy Birthday!”)

An ability to match pitch/sing in tune, hold your own part while singing in harmony with others, willingness to listen and learn, and a sincere interest in digging into the nuances of this thrilling repertoire are required. No experience with Georgian music or language is necessary to audition or participate, though enough familiarity to generate excitement is a must!


registration

For successful auditionees, Hannah Levy will send details and password for registration at the link below.

Secure link (password required) for registration here.


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ABOUT Hannah Levy

Hannah Levy is a vocal artist based out of Oakland, CA. She has been studying and performing vocal harmony styles from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, South Africa, the Americas, and Corsica since her early teenage years with Village Harmony and Northern Harmony (Vermont). She is now a member of the acclaimed Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble. She can also be seen performing original music on vocals and bass with her band, Little Arcs. She earned her BA in Jazz Vocal Performance from the California Jazz Conservatory.

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