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

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

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

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


The daylight is dwindling away. The solstice comes on Friday. Therefore let us pay attention to some warming songs from Eastern Europe that celebrate the summer season upon us.


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

GARCIA-NAVARRO: The record record album « Evening Star » features harmonies unique to Balkan, Slavic and Caucasian lands. But listed here is the twist – they truly are served up by Kitka, a vocal ensemble of numerous years standing located in the bay area Bay region. Shira Cion could be the group’s creative manager. She joins us through the studios of KQED. Welcome.

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

GARCIA-NAVARRO: additionally with us is Kelly Atkins. She’s another Kitkat – i believe that is exactly 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 notes saying this music springs from the, estimate, « instinct to get together and sing when you look at the deep, dark heart of wintertime. » I favor that, in addition. Performs this music help bring the body temperature up?

CION: they really think it most likely does. And it’s really been interesting. You understand, a lot of studies are now actually developing about kind of the physical and cognitive and social great things about harmony performing and choral performing. And i believe all of the science is simply showing a thing that Eastern European villagers have actually recognized for hundreds of years, that will be that whenever times are tough, when climate conditions are cool, where just surviving through a challenging period actually calls upon communities in the future together, it is an occasion to sing. And I also think performing does raise spirits. It does kind of synchronize our organisms together. I truly do think it can help us endure through attempting times.

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

ATKINS: Well, we also utilize the metaphor for the rounds of life. A number of the tracks, as you probably noticed, through the record are literally about cold temperatures. And some of these are concerning the wintertime of life. Therefore we sort of see plenty of the tracks that individuals sing not just concerning the breaks on their own but concerning the rounds that people proceed through within our own life.

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


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

GARCIA-NAVARRO: i eventually got to inform you, it feels as though something profoundly thrumming and ancient. You realize, it comes down – it certainly arises from this type of important spot. It surely does. It is amazing. Kelly, i realize you have back ground being an indie rocker. exactly What got you thinking about Eastern European music that is vocal?

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

GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter) Shira, individuals additionally could be astonished to discover that there is really many vocal teams right right here in the us devoted to Eastern music that is european. There Is Kitka. There is Planina located in Denver. There is the Yale Slavic Chorus, which includes been around very nearly 50 years. Just exactly just What do you consider makes.

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

CION: Well, i do believe for people of us who I would state recognize as liberal US feminists, there is one thing in regards to the quality of effective ladies’ voices joined up with together in this really real, really harmony that is close often dissonant harmony designs that actually interests a modern American feminine sensibility.


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

CION: And they are countries where work ended up being typically split by sex. And ladies had been used to producing in community and producing music together in community. We had been really just speaking about this within the greenroom previous today – exactly just how most of us whom sing in Kitka are a lot more oriented in direction of kind of collective and harmony performing than individualistic, soloistic singing. And I also think it type of counters the type of strongly trend that is individualistic 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 really a public kind that really can just fly whenever there is a residential district of men and women taking part in it.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Why don’t we pay attention now to a carol that is ukrainian your record album.


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

GARCIA-NAVARRO: and this is in fact a carol that is ukrainian New season’s. And also you really traveled here a bit straight back and met up with A ukrainian team. Think about your other travels to do in Eastern Europe? What is been the response from audiences?

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

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

GARCIA-NAVARRO: therefore, Kelly and Shira, it is to the two of you. What is your favorite track from the record?

CION: Oh, that is a challenging one.

CION: What you think about maybe « Blazentsv »?

ATKINS: Maybe « Blazentsv. »

CION: Yeah. This is simply not theoretically a wintertime song. But it’s a track during the holiday season that we feel articulates qualities that we all try to summon in ourselves. It is a musical environment of « The Beatitudes » by the Russian composer Vladimir Martynov. And, you understand, they are calling the listener to embody characteristics of generosity and compassion and kindness, residing merely making sure that other people might just live and simply because real contentment actually originates from style of going from the grain of greed and egoism and materialism and physical violence and residing carefully, residing kindly to make certain that other people can have the kingdom of paradise right here in the world.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: This is certainly a good getaway message. Shira Cion and Kelly Atkins through the Kitka female’s Vocal Ensemble. Their album that is new is « Evening Star. » Thank you both really.

CION: many thanks plenty for having us.

ATKINS: many thanks.


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

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Correction Jan. 18, 2019

A past form of the internet summary listed an album name that is incorrect. Kitka’s showcased record is named Star, not Harmonies of Heaven and Earth evening.