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December 7, 2003

Alameda Times Star

The group's sound is a mixture of the seemingly mysterious modes, harmonies and rhythms of Bulgaria (Kitka means "bouquet" in that country's language), the Balkans, Greece, the Baltic republics and the former Soviet Union. As showcased on Kitka's new album "Wintersongs" and tour by the same name, the sound is irresistibly evocative of a picture postcard holiday season in all its crystalline, snow-blessed beauty. Sometimes a capella and sometimes accompanied by folk instruments, the massed voices transcend time and place.

"I think it's what makes everyone love the season, no matter what spiritual background they come from," says Shira Cion, lead vocalist on one of the album's songs and the group's executive director. "(The music) taps into something really ancient. You think about the solstice, the nights which are dark and cold and long, and a lot of our songs just encapsulate that mood." More

Posted by acapnews at December 7, 2003 1:16 AM


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