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Kitka, which means bouquet in Bulgarian and Macedonian, began as a grassroots group of amateur 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 womens vocal music.

Since its informal beginning, the group has evolved into an internationally-recognized professional ensemble known for its artistry, versatility, and mastery of the demanding techniques of Balkan and Slavic vocal styling. Through a busy itinerary of live and broadcast performances, recording, educational programs, master artist residencies, commissioning programs, and adventuresome collaborations, Kitka has exposed millions to the haunting beauty of their unique repertoire. The groups voices have been featured frequently on National Public Radio including special appearances on Performance Today and A Prairie Home Companion, and All Things Considered. The emotive power of KITKAs singing has been showcased in a number of film soundtracks, including Jacobs Ladder, Braveheart, and Queen of the Damned, as well as in the American Conservatory Theaters critically-acclaimed productions of Hecuba, starring Olympia Dukakis. In 2002, the group made a historic tour of Bulgaria, where they shared the stage of the National Palace of Culture in Sofia with the world-renowned Bulgarian Womens Choir Le Mystre des Voix Bulgares.


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