Kitka at Devil Mountain Coffee House
Kitka is an American womens vocal arts ensemble inspired by traditional songs and vocal techniques from Eastern Europe. A frequently occurring symbolic word in Balkan womens folk song lyrics, Kitka means bouquet in Bulgarian and Macedonian.
The women in Kitka are fearless sonic explorers, and you can hear their intrepid spirit in every haunting song. Over nearly four decades they have developed a vast, breathtaking repertoire of traditional songs from the Balkans, Caucasus and Slavic lands, as well as new material composed for the group drawing on those traditional vocal practices. The ravishing textures of the womens voices, unearthly cadences, angular rhythms and unfamiliar languages make Kitkas performances an enthralling experience. The many languages in which they sing are largely unfamiliar to American ears. It is exactly this unfamiliarity that is so riveting, as Kitkas sensitive precision lifts their work out of the merely musical into a universe beyond words, an experience that is primal, elemental.
A womens vocal ensemble unlike any other, these sophisticated singers blend a contemporary sensibility with specialized vocal techniques that have been distilled over centuries. Using only the pure unaccompanied voice, Kitka creates a constantly shifting landscape of sound, pulsing with angular rhythms, where dramatic dynamics leap from delicate stillness to shattering resonance, and seamless unisons explode into lush, incomprehensible chords.
More than just a concert, an evening with Kitka unites vibrant music, enhanced by a subtly changing stage picture, compelling song introductions, and each singers warm rapport with the audience. Listeners are transported by a continuous unfolding of music that flows seamlessly from ethereal, contemplative pieces to rousing earthy rhythms.
This is powerful music by accomplished musicians who offer more than just exquisite executionthese women clearly share a passion for what they do. Kitka: joyful voices uniquely blended in exquisite dissonance and harmony.
Simply amazing harmonies. . . truly this is the most wonderful singing I have ever heard.David Crosby, CROSBY, STILLS, AND NASH
A stunning group unlike any other. . . absolutely electrifying!Garrison Keillor, A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION
Bortin Hall - Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church (View)
55 Eckley Lane
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|