SF Live Arts at St. Cyprian's

 

 

SF Live Arts
at Cyprian’s

formerly the
Noe Valley Music Series

2097 Turk Street
San Francisco 94115

Tel 415.454.5238

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    2017

    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.

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    Doors open 25 minutes before the concert.

     

     

    Coming up…

    Feb 25 – MARIA MULDAUR w/John R Burr

    Cascada de Flores

    Dirty Cello

    Kristin Hoffmann

    Claudia Schmidt


     

    About SF Live Arts

    Presented by Larry Kassin since 1981, SF Live Arts at Cyprian’s has earned a reputation as one of the most diverse and innovative music/performance series in the Bay Area. See the archive of past events….

    Located at St. Cyprian’s Church, the series has garnered praise for its programming of nationally and internationally known musicians (many who’ve won Grammys, Guggenheim Fellowships and other awards) and Bay Area performers of the highest quality.

    In the News…

    Noe Valley series' new home has familiar vibe

    Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, February 6, 2011

    The Music Man

    Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, January 8, 2006