—Garrison Keillor, A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION
A women's vocal ensemble unlike any other, Kitka blends a contemporary sensibility with specialized vocal techniques from Eastern Europe that have been distilled over centuries. Using only the pure unaccompanied voice, they create a constantly shifting landscape of sound, pulsing with angular rhythms, where dramatic dynamics leap from delicate stillness to shattering resonance, and seamless unisons explode into lush incomprehensible chords. 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.
Kitka in Concert
Kitka's acclaimed touring concert of exquisite traditional and contemporary songs from Eastern Europe and beyond.
Sanctuary:? A Kitka Cathedral Concert
With special guest soloist Tzvetanka Varimezova. An uninterrupted, choreographed flow of sublime vocal music in resonant space.
A program exploring traditional and original lullabies and songs of childhood.
The Rusalka Cycle: Songs Between the Worlds
Kitka's cutting-edge futuristic folk opera featuring original music by Mariana Sadovska and stage direction by Ellen Sebastian Chang and Andre Erlen. The Rusalka Cycle has been presented at the Friend Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA). The Revolutions International Theater Festival (Albuquerque, NM), Giving Voice Festival (Wroclaw, Poland), and the Globalize Festival (Cologne, Germany). This summer, it will travel to the Stimmen Festival in Lörrach, Germany.
A musical celebration of the life and work of Charles Darwin by Richard Einhorn with film by Bill Morrison (in cooperation with Alliance Artist Management) Commissioned by ARTSwego, Oswego, NY.
ANCIENT ECHOES ACROSS THE STARA PLANINA by Janika Vandervelde and Bon Singer
A piece showcasing the pyrotechnic vocal sonorities of Balkan Women's Choral music against the backdrop of a rich orchestral score. Commissioned by The Women's Philharmonic, JoAnn Falletta, music director.