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January 8, 2004

Broomfield Enterprise

Broomfield hasn't exactly been known as a haven for fans of high quality vocal ensembles or any kind of live music, for that matter. Slowly but surely, the 2-year-old auditorium has begun building a reputation for its startling acoustics and intimate setting. Landing KITKA, which has been featured on National Public Radio's "A Prairie Home Companion" and has recorded tracks for movie soundtracks including Mel Gibson's "Braveheart," is the latest boost to the foundling venue's standing.

"They're quite a coup to have in the Denver area, let alone in Broomfield," said Alisa Zimmerman, cultural affairs manager for the City and County of Broomfield. "I think the word is getting out about the venue. It's so intimate. It's like sitting in a large room. That sense of connection, especially for our folk artists, they love it." Their latest CD, "Wintersings," showcases material ranging from rousing Slavic folk carols and lush Eastern Orthodox sacred choral works to pre-Christian incantations and Hebrew folk songs. It's a sound that has drawn praise from the likes of pop/folk music icon David Crosby and "A Prairie Home Companion" host Garrison Keillor. Lancaster, who was a member of KITKA in the late 1980s, said the group's commitment to the study and execution of the music known for its intricate ornamentations, asymmetric rhythms and stunning dissonance is inspiring and the results are difficult to delineate. More

Posted by acapnews at January 8, 2004 8:45 AM

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