Kitka is currently accepting preliminary materials for our spring 2016 live auditions! We are seeking women with compelling, versatile voices and engaging stage presence. Familiarity with Eastern European singing and language and music-reading ability is preferred. Accurate intonation, rhythmic capability, previous performance experience and strong ensemble singing skills are essential.
Voice of Roma's 19th Annual CA Herdeljezi Romani Music Festival featuring Esma Redzepova and her Folk Masters Band
Kitka is proud to present the “Queen of Romani (Gypsy) Song”, and one of the world’s “50 Great Voices” (NPR). Macedonia's Esma Redzepova and her Folk Masters Band's rare appearance in Oakland marks the culmination of her US Tour, one which she insists will be her last overseas.
Saturday, April 30, 2016 5-11 PM
Reidenbach Hall, First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison Street, Oakland
5-6:30 PM Vocal and Instrumental Workshops with Esma and her Band - $30
6:45-7:45 PM Panel Discussion on Romani Culture with Voice of Roma President Sani Rifati and Professor Carol Silverman (University of Oregon), author of Romani Routes - Free with concert ticket
8:00 PM Romani Dance workshop with Sani Rifati - Free with concert ticket
8:30 PM Concert & Dance Party by Esma and her Folk Masters Band - $27 advance/ $30 door/ Kids under 12 free
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Sacred Voices Sacred Sounds -
with Ensemble Alcatraz (1995)
Kitka's first cassette recordings are now available as digital downloads at kitka.bandcamp.com.
Eleven winters have passed since Kitka released our first Wintersongs CD and Songbook. This collection has become a year-round favorite of our fans and a valuable resource to choral groups around the world.
Over the last decade, we've gathered a treasure trove of new seasonal repertoire. The time has come to capture our new collection of seasonal tunes on a sequel album.
Please help us share the gift of this music with a tax-deductible year-end contribution, which will be applied to our Recording Fund.
This Winter, Kitka is launching The Kitka Remix Project, an exciting new project designed to cultivate co-creativity through unexpected collaborations with sound artists in all genres.
The Kitka Remix Project aims to expose the unique and unusual sounds of Kitka to new audiences through encouraging creative remixes of existing Kitka recordings. Whether your genre is techno, indie-rock, folk, classical, ethnic, hip-hop, experimental, jazz… or if you simply love to tinker in Garageband, we invite you to mix your creative voice with Kitka's!
“Holiness that is earthy, exotic. This is the vocal power of the women of Kitka, a mesmerizing choral ensemble. With Wintersongs, Kitka taps into something primal and dramatic.”
— Sacramento News and Review
“Kitka immerses us in the passion and celebration at the root of all earth-centered culture.”