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6/15: Ukrainian Enchantment Songs Workshop with Mariana Sadovska
6/11: Zele: The Kitka Community Chorus In Concert with The World Harmony Chorus
6/17-30: Kitka & Svetlana Spajic On Tour in Serbia
7/1-7/6: Lazona Lullabies Project in Arhavi, Turkey
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Kitka is pleased to present:
Mariana Workshop
Saturday, June 15, 2013 * 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM 
Silk Road House
1944 University Ave., Berkeley, CA
$60 - Advance Registration Highly Recommended!
 
Register online or call 510.444.0323

Composer and Music Director for Kitka's The Rusalka Cycle: Songs Between the Worlds, and Singing Through Darkness, Mariana Sadovska brings Ukrainian tradition into fresh new sonic territories. An accomplished singer, song-catcher, actress, composer and teacher, Mariana's work blends folk song and physical theater, exploring archaic midsummer night invocations, wedding songs and emigrant chants from remote villages in rural Ukraine.

Mariana has performed and taught around the world. She is currently working on a new project with the Kronos Quartet, "Chernobyl - a Pagan Requiem."
 
Reserve your space early, as Mariana's phenomenal workshops often sell out!
 
Watch Mariana Sadovska live in performance: 
Mariana Sadovska - Zozulya 
Mariana Sadovska - Zozulya
 

 


IN CONCERT  TOGETHER!
ZELE: THE KITKA COMMUNITY CHORUS
& THE WORLD HARMONY CHORUS
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA
$10.50 advance/$12.50 door
Take a musical tour around the world with the World Harmony Chorus and ZELE: The Kitka Community Chorus! 

Celebrating its 15th Anniversary, The World Harmony Chorus, directed by Daniel Steinberg and Betsy Blakeslee, is an ensemble of singers of all ages and abilities who enjoy singing songs from a variety of cultures. The World Harmony Chorus has invited ZELE: The Kitka Community Chorus, directed by Janet Kutulas, to join them in their celebration. ZELE will present a program of harmonies from Eastern Europe and Georgia in their uniquely joyful and spirited style!

 

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KITKA & SVETLANA SPAJIC 
TO THE SINGERS OF TALES 
On tour in Serbia June 17-30, 2013
with performances in Belgrade, Subotica, Novi Sad, Gornji Milanovac, Sirogojno, Negotin, and Zajecar

In January 2012, Kitka embarked on collaborative project with Serbian traditional singer and performance artist Svetlana Spajic. The creative chemistry between Kitka and Svetlana was nothing short of magical and we sold out three premiere performances of To The Singers of Tales at CounterPULSE in San Francisco. In 2013 we were thrilled to receive invitations to perform this work at a series of folk music festivals throughout Serbia. We'll also be performing with Svetlana on Serbian National Television and meeting with a variety of traditional singers, as well as the award-winning composer Boris Kovac who has expressed interest in composing a new work especially for Kitka's voices! 


Watch Kitka and Svetlana Spajic live in performance:
Kitka & Svetlana Spajic: Oh, My Green Apple Tree (Oj Jabuko Zeleniko)
Kitka & Svetlana Spajic: Oh, My Green Apple Tree (Oj Jabuko Zeleniko)

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An Endangered Song Preservation Expedition
with Kitka, Kutay Derin Kugay (USA); Refika Kadioglu, G´┐Żler Topaloglu, and Dalepe Nena (Turkey); Tamar Buadze, Nugzar Arveladze and Lili Abdulishi (Georgia)

June 30 - July 6, Arhavi, Turkey

Supported, in part, by CECArtsLink and GOLA Arts, Culture, and Ecology Association

From Serbia, Kitka will venture to the village of Arhavi in Northeastern Turkey to gather lullabies from traditional Laz singers. The Laz are an ethnic group native to the Black Sea coastal regions of Turkey and Georgia, and Laz lullaby melodies are among the most beautiful to be found in the world. The Laz people have colorful folklore and their unique language, belonging to the South Caucasian family of languages, is considered one of the world's endangered tongues. 

Learn more about the endangered Laz language:

Saving-Turkeys-endangered-Laz-language
Saving-Turkeys-endangered-Laz-language

Since lullabies are the gateway to language and culture in the earliest stages of life, we feel that the preservation of Laz lullabies can play a vital role in the survival of the Laz mother-tongue.

 

Listen to Lili Abdulishi, Neli Vanilishi, and Lia Sherozia perform a set of Laz lullabies:

Lili Abdulishi, Neli Vanilishi, Lia Sherozia - Lazian Nana @ by Anzor Erkomaishvili
Lili Abdulishi, Neli Vanilishi, Lia Sherozia - Lazian Nana @ by Anzor Erkomaishvili

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Kitka Portrait
Photo: Debra A. Zeller

In harmony,

The Women of Kitka

Caitlin Tabancay Austin
Kelly Atkins 
Shira Cion
Janet Kutulas
Elizabeth Setzer
Michele Simon
Corinne Sykes

 

 

 



 

Kitka's 2012-2013 Season is supported, in part, by grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, The California Arts Council Creating Public Value Program, The City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, CECArtsLink, the Kurz Family Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation Exploring Engagement Fund, The East Bay Fund for Artists, CCI Next Generation Arts Grants, The Zellerbach Family Fund, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, USArtists International, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Clorox Community Foundation, The Alliance for California Traditional Arts, and a generous global Village of individual donors.