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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GEORGIAN FOLK SINGING: A WORKSHOP WITH KETEVAN MINDORASHVIL
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

GEORGIAN FOLK SINGING: A WORKSHOP WITH KETEVAN MINDORASHVIL

  • First Congregational Church of Oakland (United Church of Christ) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Prepare to be uplifted and blown away by the exquisite and unusual harmonies of traditional Georgian vocal music! Always in 3 parts, voices weave in and out in dissonance and independence, creating unexpected chords that shift and meander to cadence in powerful unisons or open fifths. 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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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
to Jul 31

Albanian and Greek Traditional Polyphonic Singing Workshops

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This month-long workshop series 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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SERBIAN HARMONIES: A VOCAL WORKSHOP WITH SVETLANA SPAJIĆ
Jul
3
7:00 PM19:00

SERBIAN HARMONIES: A VOCAL WORKSHOP WITH SVETLANA SPAJIĆ

  • First Congregational Church of Oakland (United Church of Christ) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Reserve your space here.

Offering an introduction to Serbian singing, folk dances, and oral poetry this workshop will also explore how drawing from the deep well of traditional culture can help us develop individual and collective powers of perception, expression, and imagination.

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WORKSHOP SERIES - RESILIENT CREATIVITY: PERSIAN SINGING CIRCLE WITH MAHSA VAHDAT
Mar
18
to Apr 22

WORKSHOP SERIES - RESILIENT CREATIVITY: PERSIAN SINGING CIRCLE WITH MAHSA VAHDAT

WORKSHOP SERIES: 6 Sunday evenings (March 18-April 22) from 7pm - 9:30pm

Kitka is truly honored to have the opportunity to present six vocal workshops and intimate dialogues on creativity and resilience with the exquisite vocalist and cultural activist Mahsa Vahdat from Tehran, Iran. 

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SERBIAN HARMONIES: A Lecture/Presentation & Vocal Workshop with Svetlana Spajic (Direct from Belgrade!)
Jun
17
2:00 PM14:00

SERBIAN HARMONIES: A Lecture/Presentation & Vocal Workshop with Svetlana Spajic (Direct from Belgrade!)

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

Offering an introduction to Serbian singing, folk dances, and oral poetry, this workshop will also explore how drawing from the deep well of traditional culture can help us develop individual and collective powers of perception, expression, and imagination. 

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Harmony Singing Workshop with Sopeli
Feb
11
2:00 PM14:00

Harmony Singing Workshop with Sopeli

Sopeli is a new vocal trio comprised of Lysander Jaffe, Hannah Levy and Linnea Sablosky. Coming from distinct musical backgrounds, the three share a passion for close harmony, as well as many cumulative years of study in traditional polyphonic singing styles from Eastern Europe, South Africa, Corsica, and the Americas. In this workshop we will delve into some of these unique and diverse styles, rhythms, and harmonies, exploring the full timbral and dynamic range of our voices.
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Bulgarian Harmonies: A Vocal Workshop with Tzvetanka Varimezova
Nov
19
2:00 PM14:00

Bulgarian Harmonies: A Vocal Workshop with Tzvetanka Varimezova

2pm-5pm: $35
Registration and Information here.

The vocal techniques and extraordinary harmonies of Bulgarian music have entranced music lovers around the the globe. The brilliant tonal clarity and vocal agility of Bulgarian singers is universally appreciated and many musicians from other traditions have expressed a deep interest in decoding the mystery of the Bulgarian voice. Tzvetanka Varimezova has taught traditional Bulgarian vocal techniques, folk songs, and choral repertoire around the world for more than two decades and is a master of helping non-Bulgarian singers discover their open voice.

Singers of all ages, genders, and levels of experience welcome!

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CANCELLED! SEVDAH - SONGS OF THE SOUL WITH AMIRA MEDUNJANIN (BOSNIA)
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

CANCELLED! SEVDAH - SONGS OF THE SOUL WITH AMIRA MEDUNJANIN (BOSNIA)

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

Music journalist Garth Cartwright has dubbed Amira "Bosnia's Billie Holiday". The comparison reflects the way Amira voice turns sevdah inside out, finding new paths of expression within a tradition that dates back centuries. This very special workshop is open to singers of all ages, genders, and levels of experience. Space is limited and advance registration highly recommended. 

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Georgian Polyphonic Folk Singing: A Workshop with Ensemble Basiani - SOLD OUT!
Oct
19
7:30 PM19:30

Georgian Polyphonic Folk Singing: A Workshop with Ensemble Basiani - SOLD OUT!

Kitka is deeply honored to present this workshop workshop led by a trio of masterful male voices from Ensemble Basiani, one of Georgia's most acclaimed vocal ensembles. Basiani will share a selection of traditional a cappella Georgian folk, work, and sacred songs from their vast repertoire.

Space is limited and advance registration highly encouraged. Reserve your place here.

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The Temple of Light Georgian Choir:  Advanced Workshop Series with Kristine Barrett
Aug
21
to Nov 27

The Temple of Light Georgian Choir: Advanced Workshop Series with Kristine Barrett

The Temple of Light Georgian Choir is an advanced vocal workshop series specializing in the hauntingly joyous music of the Republic of Georgia. In addition to learning a range of Georgian repertoire and honing ensemble skills, the series will also focus on developing our voices through exercises, meditations, experimentations, and explorations. Though musical craftsmanship will be an integral component to the group, its core will be fellowship and love.

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Unleash Your Voice:  Workshop Series with Briget Boyle
Jul
19
to Aug 23

Unleash Your Voice: Workshop Series with Briget Boyle

This six-week workshop series (6 Tuesday nights) 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.

Ticket & more info here.

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Vocal Workshops with Elizabeth Setzer
Jun
11
12:00 PM12:00

Vocal Workshops with Elizabeth Setzer

Elizabeth Setzer, former member and musical director of Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble, will be giving two afternoon singing workshops in which she will teach folk songs from the Balkan and Caucasus regions, as well as some original compositions from the Kitka-commissioned song cycle Apple Blossoms and Brine (New Folksongs From Within, 2013).

El Cerrito and Oakland locations disclosed upon registration.

Register Online.

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Bulgarian Folk Singing Workshop with Tzvetanka Varimezova
May
21
10:00 AM10:00

Bulgarian Folk Singing Workshop with Tzvetanka Varimezova

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

Workshop Location:
CYF Room
First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA 94612
$35
Advance registration recommended!
Register online >

The vocal techniques and extraordinary harmonies of Bulgarian music have entranced music lovers around the the globe. The brilliant tonal clarity and vocal agility of Bulgarian singers is universally appreciated and many musicians from other traditions have expressed a deep interest in decoding “the mystery of the Bulgarian voice.” Tzvetanka Varimezova has taught traditional Bulgarian vocal techniques, folk songs, and choral repertoire around the world for more than two decades and is a master of helping non-Bulgarian singers discover their open voice.The vocal techniques and extraordinary harmonies of Bulgarian music have entranced music lovers around the the globe. The brilliant tonal clarity and vocal agility of Bulgarian singers is universally appreciated and many musicians from other traditions have expressed a deep interest in decoding “the mystery of the Bulgarian voice.” Tzvetanka Varimezova has taught traditional Bulgarian vocal techniques, folk songs, and choral repertoire around the world for more than two decades and is a master of helping non-Bulgarian singers discover their open voice.

 

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