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. People Shira Cion and Kelly Atkins speak about the team’s brand brand new record record album, Evening Star.
LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:
The daylight is dwindling away. The solstice comes on Friday. Therefore why don’t we 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 album “star” features harmonies unique to Balkan, Slavic and Caucasian lands evening. But listed here is the twist – they are offered up by Kitka, a vocal ensemble of numerous years standing located in the San Francisco Bay region. Shira Cion could be the team’s artistic manager. She joins us through the studios of KQED. Welcome.
SHIRA CION: so excellent to be right here, Lulu. Many thanks.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Also with us is Kelly Atkins. She is another Kitkat – i believe that is exactly what you call yourselves, appropriate?
KELLY ATKINS: It Really Is, yes. Hi.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Hi. Shira, i’ll focus on you. You are quoted within the press records saying this music springs from the, estimate, “instinct to get together and sing when you look at the deep, dark heart of wintertime.” Everyone loves that, in addition. Continue reading