Harmony Of Dissonance
with Kitka Eastern European Vocal Ensemble
Friday, January 30, 7:00-8:30PM
Mountain Yoga, 2071 Antioch Court, Suite 100, Oakland, 510-339-6421
Kitka has earned international recognition for its unique and haunting sound. Inspired by the extended vocal techniques, close harmonies, and surprising rhythms of Eastern European folk song, Kitka explores a vast palette of ancient, yet contemporary-sounding effects. The ensemble’s earthy to ethereal resonances evoke an astonishing range of subtle to extreme inner states, emotions, and instincts. Kitka’s commitment to presenting traditional song as a living and evolving expressive art form has led to adventuresome collaborations with some of the world’s most exciting indigenous musicians and contemporary composers, ranging from Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares to Meredith Monk.
Join Kitka's Executive/Artistic Director Shira Cion and Kitka vocalists Kelly Atkins, Janet Kutulas, and Corinne Sykes for a discussion of the groups colorful 35-year history, and a demonstration and participatory exploration of "open-voice" vocal techniques through oral transmission of simple, yet thrilling to sing, traditional polyphonic tunes.