The Rusalka Cycle: Songs Between the Worlds

by Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble

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In Slavic folklore, Rusalki are the restless spirits of women who have died unjust, untimely or unnatural deaths. They inhabit the waters, forests, and fields, luring people to them with their mesmerizing songs and wild laughter. Performed by the eight powerful vocalists of Kitka, The Rusalka Cycle is a riveting dream-like journey that weaves traditional Eastern European folk song together with original music by Mariana Sadovska. This CD features Kitka singing as you’ve never heard them sing before. With stirring accompaniment by cellists Moses Sedler and Elaine Kreston, and percussionist Kevin Mummey, this CD captures the highly dramatic and risk-taking performance piece that took the San Francisco Bay Area by storm in the fall of 2005.

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released February 13, 2007

Original Music: Mariana Sadovska
Cellists: Moses Sedler and Elaine Kreston
Percussion: Kevin Mummey

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Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble Oakland, California

Kitka is an American vocal arts ensemble inspired by the stunning dissonances, asymmetric rhythms, intricate ornamentation, and resonant strength of traditional Eastern European women’s vocal music. Kitka has earned international recognition for its distinctive sound as well as for its innovative explorations in new music for women’s voices. ... more

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