“Kitka’s songs are hauntingly beautiful, simple, yet otherworldly. The rich sound these women produce resonates as if energized by the universe itself, as if it were calling all live beings and still matter into togetherness and unity.”
— Ching Chang, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Kitka’s core repertory material ranges from ancient village duets to complex choral works, from early music to contemporary compositions. The soaring sound of the vocalists is exotic, both elegant and eerie. The melodies are hauntingly beautiful. The many languages in which Kitka sings are largely unfamiliar to American ears — Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Serbo-Croatian, Georgian, Hungarian, Ladino, Latvian, Macedonian, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian, Yiddish, with the occasional Latin, medieval Gallician, or ancient Greek. It is exactly this unfamiliarity that is so riveting, as Kitka’s sensitive precision lifts their work out of the merely musical into a universe beyond words, an experience that is primal, elemental.  More than just a concert, an evening with Kitka unites vibrant music, enhanced by a subtly changing stage picture, compelling song introductions, and each singer’s warm rapport with the audience.


examples of Repertory program:

ZVEZDA VECHERNICA Shop region, Bulgaria, arrangement by Stefan Dragostinov from the repertoire of the Philip Koutev Ensemble, via Tzvetanka Varimezova "The evening star shone way up on high. It lit up the broad earth and even further afar."

Marikela Jashis Kalo from Guria province, Republic of Georgia as arranged by Tamar Buadze, director of Tutarchela Women's Ensemble.  "Woman, Marikela Jashi! You are so beautiful! I will gather rose and violet for you, my Marta tsitsunia."


Please note, the program above is being offered for Kitka's 2015-16 and 2017-18 seasons. Additional ethnically-specific and/or collaborative programs are also available by special arrangement. Kitka also offers a variety of community outreach activities including vocal workshops, choral masterclasses, community sings, lecture-demos, K-12 assembly programs, open rehearsals, pre-concert talks and more.

We would be delighted to discuss ways to engage your communities more deeply in Kitka's work.