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Global Harmony

Gualala Arts Global Harmony Season of Offerings presents:
Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble

Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
at the Gualala Arts Center
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"Kitka's songs are hauntingly beautiful, simple, yet otherworldly. The rich sound
these women produce resonates as if energized by the universe itself, as if it
were calling all live beings and still matter into togetherness and unity."
- Ching Chang, San Francisco Chronicle

Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble at the Quebec Sacred Music Festival
Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble at the Quebec Sacred Music Festival

The Gualala Arts Global Harmony Season of Offerings is pleased to welcome back the Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble on Saturday, March 29 at 7 p.m. in the Coleman Auditorium.

A Gualala Arts favorite since their Winter 2012 performance, this group encourages Global Harmony by striving to expose the listener to the traditional songs and vocal techniques of Eastern Europe, where a distinctive folk tradition has existed for thousands of years. This way of sharing cultures through the musical arts is a perfect complement to the Global Harmony mission.

Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble; photo by Peter Ellenby Kitka began as an Oakland based group of amateur singers with a passion for the dissonances, asymmetrical rhythms, intricate ornamentation and lush harmonies rooted in rural Balkan, Slavic and Caucasian women's vocal traditions. Today it is an internationally recognized professional ensemble with eleven critically acclaimed recordings. Cradle Songs, a 2009 release, was named "One of the Top Ten CDs of 2009" by National Public Radio.

Their repertoire includes not only traditional and contemporary music researched during tours in the Ukraine, Hungary, Georgia, Macedonia, Russia, Turkey, Bulgaria and other locations, but also contains original arrangements based on material collected in the field. Kitka has collaborated with Hollywood composers and independent film makers on movie soundtracks including Braveheart, Jacob's Ladder, and Queen of the Damned.

Public Radio's "The World" and "Prairie Home Companion" have featured Kitka. In recent years their live concerts have been broadcast on 80 public television stations in the United States, on CBC / Radio-Canada, and on Ukrainian and German radio and television. A complete listing of their projects can be found at

One member of the group, Kelly Atkins, is the daughter of Phil and Lynne Atkins, Gualala residents and active members of Gualala Arts. Both Phil and Lynne perform often in the Art Center Theater (ACT).

This concert is part of the Gualala Arts Global Harmony Season of Offerings, which begins March 21 with Rumi's Caravan and culminates in the week long Sakha Cultural Days series of events which concludes on June 22.

Tickets are $22 in advance, $5 more on the day of the performance. Youth 7 to 17 are admitted free. For advance purchase, go to Brown Paper Tickets or call them at 800-838-3006. To purchase in person, visit the Gualala Arts Center or Dolphin Gallery in Gualala. Special lodging packages which include tickets to this performance are available from the Timber Cove Inn.

Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble; photo by Peter Ellenby

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