Thursday, October 17, 2019, 06:30pm - 08:30pm
Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble and renowned Armenian Folk Singer Hasmik Harutyunyan join forces to present Gorani: Love Songs to Lost Homelands.
One of Armenia's leading folk singers, Hasmik Harutyunyan is world-renowned for her work with Yerevan's Shoghaken Ensemble and for her mellifluous renditions of Armenian lullabies, one of the most evocative genres in Armenian music. Her passionate interpretations of melodies from villages across the Armenian plateau offer a mesmerizing glimpse into a lost world. In addition to songs sung by her ancestors from the historical Armenian province of Moush, Hasmik learned many of the songs in her repertoire from elder women who had emigrated from Anatolia to Eastern Armenia before or during the Armenian Genocide, as well as from their descendants and old song collections.
Joining Hasmik Harutyunyan will be Kitka, Oakland's trailblazing women's vocal arts ensemble. Inspired by traditional songs and vocal techniques from Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Kitka has earned international recognition for its distinctive sound, exploring a vast palette of ancient yet contemporary-sounding vocal effects. Kitka's commitment to presenting traditional song as a living and evolving expressive art form has led to collaborations with some of the world's most exciting indigenous musicians and contemporary performance makers ranging from Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares to Meredith Monk. Now celebrating its 40th season, Kitka began as a grassroots group of singers from diverse ethnic and musical backgrounds who shared a passion for the stunning dissonances, asymmetric rhythms, intricate ornamentation, and resonant strength of traditional Eastern European women's vocal music. The group has since evolved into an award-winning ensemble known for its artistry, versatility and mastery of the demanding techniques of regional vocal styling, as well as for its innovative explorations in new music for women's voices.
About KITKA Women's Vocal Ensemble:
'KITKA has gained an international reputation for bringing a contemporary perspective to the sumptuous harmonies, striking dissonances, and angular rhythms of traditional Eastern European music. The ravishing textures of their voices singing in haunting cadences and unfamiliar languages make KITKA's performances enthralling.' -SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
Location : Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center (Copy)
1801 E. Cotati Avene