Kitka Brings ‚Powerful Women’s Voices, Joined Together‘ From East To Western
The Oakland ensemble Kitka has sung intricate harmonies from Eastern Europe for four decades. Users Shira Cion and Kelly Atkins talk about the team’s brand brand new record record album, Star evening.
LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:
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.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, „MOMCI KOLEDARCI“)
KITKA LADIES‘ VOCAL ENSEMBLE: (Performing in Bulgarian).
GARCIA-NAVARRO: The record album „star“ features harmonies unique to Balkan, Slavic and Caucasian lands evening. But here is the twist – they may be offered up by Kitka, a vocal ensemble of several years standing located in the san francisco bay area Bay region. Shira Cion may be the team’s creative manager. She joins us through the studios of KQED. Welcome.
SHIRA CION: so excellent to be right here, Lulu. Many thanks.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: additionally with us is Kelly Atkins. She actually is another Kitkat – i do believe that is what you call yourselves, appropriate?
KELLY ATKINS: It Really Is, yes. Hi.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Hi. Shira, i will focus on you. You are quoted when you look at the press records saying this music springs from the, estimate, „instinct to get find-bride together and sing within the deep, dark heart of wintertime.“ I enjoy that, in addition. Performs this music help bring within the body’s temperature?
CION: They actually think it most likely does. And it is been interesting. You realize, a lot of studies are now actually developing about type of the real and intellectual and social great things about harmony singing and singing that is choral. And i believe most of the science is simply proving a thing that Eastern European villagers have actually understood for hundreds of years, which can be that whenever times are tough, whenever climate conditions are cold, where simply surviving through an arduous period really calls upon communities in the future together, it is an occasion to sing. And I also think performing does carry spirits. It does kind of synchronize our organisms together. I truly do believe it will help us endure through attempting times.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Kelly, that image for the deep, dark heart of wintertime can be a metaphor, i assume, of this sorts of music that it is. Let me know just exactly what – just just just how the truth is it.
ATKINS: Well, we additionally make use of the metaphor associated with rounds of life. A few of the tracks, while you probably noticed, through the record album are literally about cold weather. Plus some of these are in regards to the cold temperatures of life. Therefore we sort of see plenty of the tracks that individuals sing not just concerning the holiday breaks on their own but in regards to the cycles that people proceed through in our own life.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: let us pay attention to a little bit of the name track. It’s A bulgarian song – „Evening celebrity.“
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, „ZVEZDA VECERNICA“)
KITKA WOMEN’S VOCAL ENSEMBLE: (Performing in Bulgarian).
GARCIA-NAVARRO: i got eventually to let you know, it feels as though something profoundly thrumming and ancient. You understand, it comes down – it surely originates from this type of essential destination. It certainly does. It really is amazing. Kelly, you are understood by me have back ground as an indie rocker. Exactly exactly exactly What got you thinking about Eastern European music that is vocal?
ATKINS: Well, the first-time I saw the Bulgarian Women’s Choir, I became at Grace Cathedral. And I also sat when you look at the pews and merely wept. And I also could not determine exactly what ended up being occurring in my experience. Plus it just rocked me personally on an extremely, extremely level that is deep. And so 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 can be astonished to find out that there is really numerous vocal teams right right here in the us focusing on Eastern music that is european. There Is Kitka. There is Planina situated in Denver. There is the Yale Slavic Chorus, that has been around very nearly 50 years. Exactly exactly exactly What do you think makes.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: . The music so irresistible to vocalists that are female?
CION: Well, i do believe for everyone of us whom I would personally state identify as liberal US feminists, there is one thing in regards to the quality of effective ladies‘ voices joined up with together in this very real, really close harmony, sometimes dissonant harmony designs that actually attracts a modern American female sensibility.
(SOUNDBITE OF UNIDENTIFIED KITKA SONG)
KITKA LADIES‘ VOCAL ENSEMBLE: (performing in language).
CION: And they are countries where work ended up being usually split by sex. And females had been used to producing in community and producing music together in community. We had been really just referring to this into the greenroom previous today – exactly exactly how all of us whom sing in Kitka are much more oriented in direction of kind of collective and harmony performing than individualistic, soloistic performing. And I also think it kind of counters the kind of highly individualistic trend that 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 truly a public type that can definitely just fly whenever there is a residential district of individuals taking part in it.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: let us pay attention now up to a carol that is ukrainian your record.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, „V HOSPODARON’KA“)
KITKA LADIES‘ VOCAL ENSEMBLE: (Performing in Ukrainian).
GARCIA-NAVARRO: which means this is in fact a carol that is ukrainian New season’s. And you really traveled there some time straight back and met up by having a group that is ukrainian. How about your other travels to do in Eastern Europe? What is been the effect from audiences?
ATKINS: We were in Serbia about – was it 5 years ago?
ATKINS: plus it ended up being my very first time with Kitka traveling abroad and performing Serbian music to Serbians. And I also really had been stressed going. I happened to be thinking, whom have always been I as a us to go and sing these songs right in front among these individuals where, you realize, they’ve these deep origins with these tracks? However in reality, we had been gotten extremely warmly. Also it really was an experience that is cathartic both the viewers as well as us.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: therefore, Kelly and Shira, this will be to you both. What exactly is your favorite track regarding the record?
CION: Oh, that is a hardcore one.
CION: What do you consider about maybe „Blazentsv“?
ATKINS: Perhaps „Blazentsv.“
CION: Yeah. This is simply not theoretically a cold temperatures track. But it is 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 composer that is russian Martynov. And, you understand, they are calling the listener to embody characteristics of generosity and compassion and kindness, residing just in order for other people might merely live and simply because real contentment actually arises from type of going contrary to the grain of greed and egoism and materialism and physical physical physical violence and residing carefully, residing kindly in order that other people can have the kingdom of paradise right right here in the world.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: That is a good getaway message. Shira Cion and Kelly Atkins through the Kitka female’s Vocal Ensemble. Their brand new record is called „Evening Star.“ Many thanks both quite definitely.
CION: many thanks a great deal for having us.
ATKINS: many thanks.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, „ZAPOVEDI BLAZENSTV/ THE BEATITUDES“)
KITKA LADIES‘ VOCAL ENSEMBLE: (Performing in Russian).
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Correction Jan. 18, 2019
A past form of the internet summary listed a wrong album title. Kitka’s showcased record is known as Star, not Harmonies of Heaven and Earth evening.