Fight the election blues with great music!
KITKA AND MAHSA VAHDAT:
Songs to the Beloved
Saturday, February 18 8:00pm
$30 door / $25 advance
This special concert will explore the many faces of love, expressed by powerful, courageous artists rooted in some of the world’s most passionate women's vocal traditions.
Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble has earned international recognition for its distinctive sound, exploring a vast palette of ancient yet contemporary-sounding vocal effects. The ensemble’s earthy to ethereal timbres evoke an astonishing range of subtle to extreme inner states, instincts and emotions. Kitka’s commitment to presenting traditional song as a living and evolving expressive art form has led to adventurous collaborations with some of the world’s most exciting indigenous musicians and contemporary composers ranging from Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares to Meredith Monk. Kitka 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 women's vocal music. The ensemble's wide-ranging performance, teaching, and recording activities have exposed millions to the haunting beauty of their unique repertoire.
Mahsa Vahdat was trained in classical Persian singing and regional folk music by master musicians in Iran. After the Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979, public female singing was banned. To this day, female singers can only perform for authorized women-only audiences or alongside a male voice, and can never perform solo in public. Mahsa Vahdat's repertoire is inspired by regional and traditional music from Iran infused with her unique and resilient artistic sensibility. Her song lyrics are mostly mystical and love poems by great Persian poets like Hafez, Rumi, Saadi, who lived several centuries ago, as well as works contemporary Iranian poetry speaking about Iranian society.
An active campaigner for human rights, Mahsa is an award-winning ambassador of Freemuse, an independent international organization advocating freedom of expression for musicians and composers worldwide. She has attracted considerable attention with her work on the record Lullabies from the Axis of Evil, and her new solo album The Sun Also Rises.
MARIA MULDAUR - Jazzabelle -
with John R Burr
Saturday, February 25 8:00pm
$25 door / $22 advance
Multi-Grammy nominee, Maria Muldaur, best known for her '74 mega pop hit, Midnight at the Oasis, has recorded 40 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots Music, including Jazz and Big Band, Blues, Gospel, R&B and “Bluesiana.” For this performance, as part of our Women in Music series, she’ll be performing her special show Jazzabelle …An evening of Vintage Classic Jazz, & Naughty Bawdy Blues, with special guest, pianist extraordinaire John R. Burr.
Despite her considerable pop music success, Maria’s 52-year career could best be described as a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music. Starting with the folk revival of the early '60s, she began exploring and singing early Blues, Bluegrass and Appalachian “Old Timey” Music, joining the very popular Jim Kweskin Jug Band. In the early 70s, Maria collaborated, recorded and toured with legendary Jazz giant, Benny Carter, who lead an all-star Big Band of jazz greats,
Her critically acclaimed 2001 Stony Plain Records release, Richland Woman Blues, was nominated for a Grammy and received a Blues Foundation nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year; as was the follow up album, Sweet Lovin’ Ol’ Soul.
Her timely 2008 album, Yes We Can! covered songs from some of the most socially conscious songwriters of the past half century, and featured her “Women’s Voices for Peace Choir,” which included: Bonnie Raitt, Joan, Baez, Jane Fonda, Odetta, Phoebe Snow and Holly Near.
Her recent album Steady Love features- what she calls “Bluesiana Music” - her own brand of New Orleans-flavored Blues, R&B and Swamp Funk. It reached #1 on the Living Blues Chart, and garnered her another nomination for Best Traditional Female Blues Artist from the Blues Foundation.
Her 40th album, First Came Memphis Minnie, is a loving tribute to the pioneering Blues woman who inspired and influenced so many female Blues artists who followed in her footsteps, many of whom joined Maria on this special project: Bonnie Raitt, Phoebe Snow, Ruthie Foster, Koko Taylor and Rory Block.
We’re proud to welcome Maria back to our series.
Doors open 25 minutes before the concert.