A collection of some of the most beloved songs performed at Wintersongs concerts over the last three years. Wintersongs showcases material ranging from rousing Slavic folk carols and lush, meditative Eastern Orthodox sacred choral works, to pre-Christian incantations for the longest nights of the year and Hebrew folk songs for Chanukah. Highlights include Tec Peleite Zernju Zogtu, an ancient Latgalian (Eastern Latvian) Winter Solstice song invoking the god of the heavens and the goddess of the Sun; Koledni Pesni, a medley of Bulgarian folk carols recalling the nativity sung in the traditional antiphonal village style; and Byla Cesta, a poignant 19th-century Moravian carol. Other pieces include the sublime 12th-century Georgian hymn to the Virgin Shen Khar Venakhi; and a collection of joyful Shchedrivki, songs sung for the traditional Ukrainian New Year festival of Malanka(2003)

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Wintersongs was recorded in the world-famous acoustic environment of the Skywalker Studios in Marin County by Leslie Ann Jones, and was produced by Grammy-nominated Bay Area vocalist and band leader Linda Tillery. Accompanying KITKA on the Wintersongs CD are guest artists Peter Maund on percussion; Rumen Shopov on tambura (Bulgarian long-necked lute) and bouzouki; and Dan Cantrell on accordion. KITKA singers also accompany themselves on bells, fiddle (Leslie Bonnett); flute (Janet Kutulas); and rhythm tamburas (Juliana Graffagna and Shira Cion).

1. Tec, Peleite, Zernju Zogtu (Latvia)
2. Byla Cesta (Moravia)
3. Domnulet Si Domn Din Cer (Romania)
4. Zamuchi Se Bozha Majka (Bulgaria)
5. Alilo (Georgia)
6. Otche Nash (Russia/Bulgaria)
7. Sculati Gazde, Nu Dormiti (Romania)
8. Betlehem, Betlehem (Hungary)
9. Dostojno Jest (Bulgaria)
10. Oj, Jak Priletaly Taj Dva Sokolonky (Ukraine)
11. Nova Radost' Stala (Belarus)
12. Oj, U Horodi (Ukraine)
13. Bozha Zvezda (Bulgarian Macedonia)
14. Ayios Vasilis (Greece)
15. Hubava Milka (Bulgaria)
16. Tsarsko Momche Kon Sedlae (Bulgaria)
17. Ma Navu (Israel)
18. Shen Khar Venakhi (Georgia)
19. Shchedrik (Ukraine)
20. A v Jerusalime (South Russia/Ukraine)

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