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Andrew Purdam Been a fan of Kitka for a while now. Felt it was time to expand the catalogue, and haven't been disappointed. Superbly executed songs. Perfect listening on a winter's night, esp. in front of a fire with the lights out. Favorite track: Shen Khar Venakhi (Georgia).
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Wintersongs showcases material ranging from rousing Slavic folk carols and lush, meditative Eastern Orthodox sacred choral works, to pre-Christian incantations for the longest nights of the year and Hebrew folk songs for Chanukah. Highlights include Tec Peleite Zernju Zogtu, an ancient Latgalian (Eastern Latvian) Winter Solstice song invoking the god of the heavens and the goddess of the Sun; Koledni Pesni, a medley of Bulgarian folk carols recalling the nativity sung in the traditional antiphonal village style; and Byla Cesta, a poignant 19th-century Moravian carol. Other pieces include the sublime 12th-century Georgian hymn to the Virgin Shen Khar Venakhi; and a collection of joyful Shchedrivki, songs sung for the traditional Ukrainian New Year festival of Malanka.

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released December 2, 2003

Wintersongs was recorded in the world-famous acoustic environment of the Skywalker Studios in Marin County by Leslie Ann Jones, and was produced by Grammy-nominated Bay Area vocalist and band leader Linda Tillery. Accompanying KITKA on the Wintersongs CD are guest artists Peter Maund on percussion; Rumen Shopov on tambura (Bulgarian long-necked lute) and bouzouki; and Dan Cantrell on accordion. KITKA singers also accompany themselves on bells, fiddle (Leslie Bonnett); flute (Janet Kutulas); and rhythm tamburas (Juliana Graffagna and Shira Cion).

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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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