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Kitka Brings ‘Powerful Women’s Voices, Joined Together’ From East To Western

12. August, 2019 von Kathrin Lau · Keine Leserbriefe

Kitka Brings ‘Powerful Women’s Voices, Joined Together’ From East To Western

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For four years, the Oakland ensemble Kitka has sung intricate harmonies from Eastern Europe. Users Shira Cion and Kelly Atkins speak about the team’s brand new record record album, Evening celebrity.


The daylight is dwindling away. The solstice comes on Friday. Therefore why don’t we pay attention to some songs that are warming Eastern Europe that celebrate the summer season upon us.


KITKA LADIES’ VOCAL ENSEMBLE: (Performing in Bulgarian).

GARCIA-NAVARRO: The record album “Evening Star” features harmonies unique to Balkan, Slavic and Caucasian lands. But here is the twist - they are offered up by Kitka, a vocal ensemble of several years standing located in the San Francisco Bay region. Shira Cion could be the team’s creative manager. She joins us through the studios of KQED. Welcome.

SHIRA CION: so excellent to be right here, Lulu. Many thanks.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: additionally with us is Kelly Atkins. She actually is another Kitkat - i believe that is just what you call yourselves, appropriate?

KELLY ATKINS: It Really Is, yes. Hi.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Hi. Shira, i will focus on you. You are quoted into the press records saying this music springs from a, estimate, “instinct to get together and beautiful asian ladies sing when you look at the deep, dark heart of wintertime.” I enjoy that, in addition. Performs this music help bring the body temperature up?

CION: they really think it most likely does. And it is been interesting. You realize, a lot of studies are actually being released about kind of the real and intellectual and social great things about harmony performing and choral singing. And i believe all of the science is simply showing a thing that Eastern European villagers have recognized for hundreds of years, which can be that after times are tough, whenever climate are cool, where simply surviving through an arduous period actually calls upon communities in the future together, it is a period to sing. And I also think performing does raise spirits. It does kind of synchronize our organisms together. I truly do think it will help us survive through attempting times.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Kelly, that image associated with deep, dark heart of wintertime can be a metaphor, i assume, regarding the types of music that this can be. Let me know exactly what - exactly just how it is seen by you.

ATKINS: Well, we additionally make use of the metaphor for the rounds of life. A few of the songs, while you probably noticed, through the record album are literally about wintertime. Plus some of those are concerning the wintertime of life. Therefore we sort of see plenty of the tracks that people go through in our own lives that we sing not only about the holidays themselves but about the cycles.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: let us tune in to a little bit of the name track. It is a song that is bulgarian “Evening celebrity.”


KITKA LADIES’ VOCAL ENSEMBLE: (Performing in Bulgarian).

GARCIA-NAVARRO: i got eventually to inform you, it feels as though something profoundly thrumming and ancient. You understand, it comes down - it truly arises from this type of crucial spot. It truly does. It is amazing. Kelly, you are understood by me have history as an indie rocker. Just just What got you thinking about Eastern European music that is vocal?

ATKINS: Well, the time that is first saw the Bulgarian Women’s Choir, I happened to be at Grace Cathedral. And I also sat into the pews and simply wept. And I also could not find out exactly what ended up being taking place if you ask me. And it also simply rocked me personally on a really, extremely deep degree. And so I think that has been my gateway medication, in the group as we call it. Just about everybody has our gateway medication of Bulgarian choir music.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter) Shira, individuals additionally can be amazed to find out that there is really numerous vocal teams right right here in the usa devoted to Eastern European music. There Is Kitka. There is Planina situated in Denver. There is the Yale Slavic Chorus, that has been around very nearly 50 years. Exactly exactly What do you consider makes.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: . The songs so irresistible to feminine vocalists?

CION: Well, i believe for many of us whom i might state determine as liberal US feminists, there is one thing in regards to the quality of powerful ladies’ voices joined up with together in this really real, really harmony that is close often dissonant harmony designs that actually attracts a modern American feminine sensibility.


KITKA LADIES’ VOCAL ENSEMBLE: (performing in spanish).

CION: And they are countries where work had been usually split by sex. And females had been used to producing in community and music that is creating in community. We had been really and truly just referring to this into the greenroom previous today - just exactly just how most of us whom sing in Kitka are a lot more oriented towards kind of collective and harmony performing than individualistic, soloistic performing. and I also think it kind of counters the kind of highly individualistic trend that America values a great deal. It really is, like.

CION: . Everyone else to.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: The solamente musician.

CION: . Themself (ph).

CION: The solamente musician. And also this is actually a form that is communal can definitely just fly whenever there is a residential area of individuals taking part in it.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: let us pay attention now to A ukrainian carol from your record.


KITKA LADIES’ VOCAL ENSEMBLE: (Performing in Ukrainian).

GARCIA-NAVARRO: and this is clearly a carol that is ukrainian New season’s. And also you actually traveled here some time straight straight back and met up by having A ukrainian team. How about your other travels to do in Eastern Europe? What exactly is been the effect from audiences?

ATKINS: we had been in Serbia about - ended up being it 5 years ago?

ATKINS: and it also was my first-time with Kitka traveling abroad and performing Serbian music to Serbians. And I also really had been stressed going. I happened to be thinking, whom have always been We as A us to go and sing these tracks right in front of the individuals where, you realize, they usually have these roots that are deep these tracks? However in reality, we had been gotten extremely warmly. And it also really was a cathartic experience for both the viewers as well as for us.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: therefore, Kelly and Shira, this really is to the two of you. What exactly is your favorite song regarding the album?

CION: Oh, that is a challenging one.

CION: What you think about maybe “Blazentsv”?

ATKINS: Maybe “Blazentsv.”

CION: Yeah. This is not theoretically a cold weather track. But it is a track that individuals feel articulates characteristics that people all you will need to summon in ourselves throughout the christmas. It really is a musical environment of “The Beatitudes” by the composer that is russian Martynov. And, you understand, they are calling the listener to embody characteristics of generosity and compassion and kindness, residing merely to make certain that other people might just live and simply because contentment that is true arises from style of going from the grain of greed and egoism and materialism and violence and residing carefully, residing kindly in order that other people can have the kingdom of paradise right right here on the planet.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: That is a holiday message that is good. Shira Cion and Kelly Atkins through the Kitka female’s Vocal Ensemble. Their album that is new is “Evening Star.” Thank you both quite definitely.

CION: many thanks a great deal for having us.

ATKINS: many thanks.


KITKA LADIES’ VOCAL ENSEMBLE: (Performing in Russian).

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Correction Jan. 18, 2019

A past type of the internet summary listed an album name that is incorrect. Kitka’s showcased record is named Evening celebrity, maybe not Harmonies of Heaven and Earth.

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