First Congregational Church of Oakland (map)
2501 Harrison St
Kitka's 40th Anniversary Celebration & Reunion Concert
Kitka, Oakland's own powerhouse women's vocal ensemble, celebrates its 40th Anniversary with soulful songs, stories and recollections gathered over decades of exploring collective singing traditions from Eastern Europe and beyond. More than three dozen women who have contributed their creativity to this trailblazing ensemble's journey will come together in what promises to be an uplifting evening of music and memories.
Special guest Bulgarian vocalist and choirmaster Tzvetanka Varimezova will make a special appearance as director of the Kitka Reunion Choir.
Kitka is a professional women's vocal arts ensemble inspired by traditional songs and vocal techniques from Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Kitka has earned global recognition for its distinctive sound, exploring a vast palette of ancient yet contemporary- sounding vocal effects. Kitkas commitment to presenting traditional song as a living and evolving expressive art form has led to adventurous collaborations with some of the worlds most exciting indigenous musicians, composers, and multi-disciplinary performance artists ranging from Le Mystères des Voix Bulgares to Meredith Monk.