Kitka Brings ‘Powerful Women’s Voices, Joined Together’ From East To Western
For four years, the Oakland ensemble Kitka has sung intricate harmonies from Eastern Europe. Users Shira Cion and Kelly Atkins speak about the team’s brand new record record album, Evening celebrity.
LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:
The daylight is dwindling away. The solstice comes on Friday. Therefore let us pay attention to some songs that are warming 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 record record album “star” features harmonies unique to Balkan, Slavic and Caucasian lands evening. But here is the twist – they are offered up by Kitka, an ensemble that is vocal of years standing located in the bay area Bay Area. Shira Cion could be the team’s creative manager. She joins us from 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 believe that is what you call yourselves, appropriate?
KELLY ATKINS: It Really Is, yes. Hi.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Hi. Shira, i will begin with you. You are quoted into the press records saying this music springs from the, estimate, “instinct to get together and sing within the deep, dark heart of wintertime.” I favor that, in addition. Performs this music help bring up the body’s temperature?
CION: they really think it most likely does. And it is been interesting. You understand, a lot of studies are actually being released about kind of the real and intellectual and social advantages of harmony performing and choral performing. And i believe most of the science is simply showing a thing that Eastern European villagers have actually recognized for hundreds of years, that is that whenever times are tough, whenever climate are cold, where just surviving through an arduous period actually calls upon communities in the future together, it is a period to sing. And I also think performing does raise spirits. It does kind of synchronize our organisms together. I must say I do think it can help us endure through attempting times.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Kelly, that image associated with deep, dark heart of wintertime can also be a metaphor, i suppose, for the types of music that this is certainly. Let me know just just what – just just how the truth is it.
ATKINS: Well, we also make use of the metaphor associated with the rounds of life. A few of the tracks, while you probably noticed, through the record are literally about wintertime. And some of those are in regards to the cold temperatures of life. Therefore we sort of see plenty of the tracks that people go through in our own lives that we sing not only about the holidays themselves but about the cycles.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Why don’t we pay attention to a little bit of the name track. It’s A bulgarian track – “Evening celebrity.”
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “ZVEZDA VECERNICA”)
KITKA LADIES’ VOCAL ENSEMBLE: (Performing in Bulgarian).
GARCIA-NAVARRO: i got eventually to inform you, it feels as though something profoundly thrumming and ancient. You understand, it comes down – it certainly originates from this kind of important destination. It certainly does. It is amazing. Kelly, i am aware you have a back ground as an indie rocker. Just What got you enthusiastic about Eastern European vocal music?
ATKINS: Well, the time that is first saw the Bulgarian Women’s Choir, I happened to be at Grace Cathedral. And I also sat into the pews and simply wept. And I also could not determine exactly what ended up being taking place if you ask me. Plus it simply rocked me on a tremendously, extremely deep degree. And so I think that has been my gateway medication, even as we call it within the team. Just about everyone has our gateway medication of Bulgarian choir music.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter) Shira, individuals additionally could be amazed to find out that there is really numerous vocal teams right here in the us focusing on Eastern European music. There Is Kitka. There is Planina situated in Denver. There is the Yale Slavic Chorus, which was around nearly 50 years. Exactly exactly just What do you consider makes.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: . The songs so irresistible to vocalists that are female?
CION: Well, i believe for anyone of us whom i might say determine as liberal US feminists, there is something concerning the quality of powerful ladies’ sounds joined up with together in this very real, extremely close harmony, often dissonant harmony designs that actually interests a modern American feminine sensibility.
(SOUNDBITE OF UNIDENTIFIED SONG that is KITKA
KITKA WOMEN’S VOCAL ENSEMBLE: (performing in spanish).
CION: And they are countries where labor had been traditionally split by sex. And ladies had been familiar with producing in community and music that is creating in community. We had been really and truly just referring to this within the greenroom previous today – exactly just how many of us whom sing in Kitka are much more oriented towards kind of collective and harmony performing than individualistic, soloistic performing. And I also think it kind of counters the type of highly trend that is individualistic America values a great deal. It is, like.
CION: . Everybody else to.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: The solamente musician.
CION: . Themself (ph).
CION: The solamente musician. And also this is truly a form that is communal really can just fly whenever there’s a residential district of individuals taking part in it.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Why don’t we listen 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: and this is really A ukrainian carol for New season’s. And also you really traveled here some time back and met up by having A ukrainian team. Think about your other travels to do in Eastern Europe? What is been the effect from audiences?
ATKINS: we had been in Serbia about – was it 5 years ago?
ATKINS: and it also had been my first-time with Kitka traveling abroad and performing Serbian music to Serbians. And I also seriously ended up being stressed going. I became thinking, whom am We as A us to go and sing these tracks right in front of those individuals where, you realize, they will have these deep origins with these tracks? However in reality, we were gotten extremely warmly. Plus it really was an experience that is cathartic both the viewers as well as us.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: therefore, Kelly and Shira, this is certainly to the two of you. What is your favorite track from the record album?
CION: Oh, which is a challenging one.
CION: What you think about maybe “Blazentsv”?
ATKINS: Possibly “Blazentsv.”
CION: Yeah. This is simply not theoretically a cold temperatures song. 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 Russian composer Vladimir Martynov. And, you understand, they are calling the listener to embody characteristics of generosity and compassion and kindness, residing merely to ensure that other people might merely live and simply because contentment that is true originates from sort of going resistant to the grain of greed and egoism and materialism and physical violence and residing carefully, living kindly making sure that other people can have the kingdom of paradise right right here on the planet.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: This is certainly a holiday message that is good. 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 net summary listed an album name that is incorrect. Kitka’s showcased record is known as Star, not https://www.asiandates.net/ Harmonies of Heaven and Earth evening.