Events

SUPRA CLUB!
Aug
20
7:00 PM19:00

SUPRA CLUB!

An ancient feast meets the modern supper club.

The supra, translated “tablecloth,” is a traditional Georgian feast combining all the essential components of Georgian culture: delicious food, evocative wine, beautiful music, and exceptional hospitality.  Situated along ancient trade routes, Georgian cuisine has absorbed culinary influences from such wide-ranging places as China, Iran, the Steppes, and the Mediterranean, making it a unique and rich culinary culture. Guests will gather around our long table where we will present a series of dishes from Georgia and other places along ancient trade routes; combining traditional recipes with local California seasonal abundance. Throughout the family-style feasting, Kristine and David will present songs from Georgia, Eastern Europe, Italy, Greece, and beyond, teaching our guests a Georgian tune to truly participate in the supra experience.  Sprinkled with ritual toasting and poetry throughout, our guests should expect a one-of-a-kind musical culinary experience while enjoying the beautiful views and funky atmosphere of the Sausalito Houseboats.

David Robert Johnson is a chef, tall ship sailor, and musician who utilizes his education as a geographer, environmental scientist, and world traveler to create unique and magical culinary combinations and experiences. Kristine is a composer, artist, and singer specializing in traditional music from Georgia, Eastern Europe, Ireland, and Scandinavia.  She currently performs with the acclaimed KITKA Women's Vocal Ensemble and directs the Temple of Light Georgian Community Choir in Oakland, and the Headlands Folk Community Ensemble in Sausalito.

Pricing:

$100 per person.  For an authentic supra experience, we maintain an 8 person minimum requirement for each event (tickets will be fully refunded three days prior to any event that does not meet the minimum requirement).  12 people is ideal, 18 is maximum. Proceeds of each event go to continuing research and song collecting trips to Georgia.  Our aim is to bring a bit of the magic and beauty of Georgian culture, food, wine, and song to our communities in the Bay Area.  Tickets available here.

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SUPRA CLUB!
Jul
30
7:00 PM19:00

SUPRA CLUB!

An ancient feast meets the modern supper club.

The supra, translated “tablecloth,” is a traditional Georgian feast combining all the essential components of Georgian culture: delicious food, evocative wine, beautiful music, and exceptional hospitality.  Situated along ancient trade routes, Georgian cuisine has absorbed culinary influences from such wide-ranging places as China, Iran, the Steppes, and the Mediterranean, making it a unique and rich culinary culture. Guests will gather around our long table where we will present a series of dishes from Georgia and other places along ancient trade routes; combining traditional recipes with local California seasonal abundance. Throughout the family-style feasting, Kristine and David will present songs from Georgia, Eastern Europe, Italy, Greece, and beyond, teaching our guests a Georgian tune to truly participate in the supra experience.  Sprinkled with ritual toasting and poetry throughout, our guests should expect a one-of-a-kind musical culinary experience while enjoying the beautiful views and funky atmosphere of the Sausalito Houseboats.

David Robert Johnson is a chef, tall ship sailor, and musician who utilizes his education as a geographer, environmental scientist, and world traveler to create unique and magical culinary combinations and experiences. Kristine is a composer, artist, and singer specializing in traditional music from Georgia, Eastern Europe, Ireland, and Scandinavia.  She currently performs with the acclaimed KITKA Women's Vocal Ensemble and directs the Temple of Light Georgian Community Choir in Oakland, and the Headlands Folk Community Ensemble in Sausalito.

Pricing:

$100 per person.  For an authentic supra experience, we maintain an 8 person minimum requirement for each event (tickets will be fully refunded three days prior to any event that does not meet the minimum requirement).  12 people is ideal, 18 is maximum. Proceeds of each event go to continuing research and song collecting trips to Georgia.  Our aim is to bring a bit of the magic and beauty of Georgian culture, food, wine, and song to our communities in the Bay Area.  Tickets available here.

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Mar
15
to May 6

Iron Shoes

Kristine performs with Shotgun Players and Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble in this neo-feminist folk opera based on Eastern European folktales.  Wednesday - Sunday evenings, tickets available at here.

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Aug
5
2:00 PM14:00

Songs of Sanctuary Vocal Workshop

 

Saturday August 5, 2017

2:00pm-5:00pm

Leedy Voulkos Art Center

Kristine Barrett presents an afternoon of music exploring the concept of refuge and resilience, featuring traditional music and ritual song from Norway, Turkey, Bosnia, Ukraine, and the Republic of Georgia.  We will explore the various unique vocal techniques involved in Eastern European singing as well as delve into the history and meaning behind this haunting music.  Singers of all ages, genders, and experience are welcome!

 

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May
21
12:00 PM12:00

Vocal Embroidery: Ornamental Techniques from Bulgaria and Georgia Workshop Series

Vocal Embroidery: Ornamental Techniques from Bulgaria and Georgia is an intermediate to advanced six-week workshop series focused on various melismatic vocal techniques used in repertoire from Bulgaria and eastern Georgia. Singers will be presented with a variety of different songs and exercises that seek to develop greater vocal agility and expression, and a deeper intimacy with one’s individual vocal apparatus. Familiarity with Bulgarian and Georgian music is a plus, but not mandatory. We ask that interested participants have strong, adept singing voices; be able to maintain pitch and learn by ear; and have the bandwidth to work on music outside of scheduled workshop hours.

Register here.

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Apr
30
7:30 PM19:30

Songs of Sanctuary @ Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco

Kristine Barrett presents an evening of experimental folk melodies exploring the concept of refuge: a place that nurtures, extends, bridges; that asks us to appeal to our highest selves, to seek deeply the difficult questions and to be brave in the face of them.  Featuring traditional music and ritual song from Norway, Iran, Estonia, Ireland, Sephardic Spain, Hungary, Brazil, and the Republic of Georgia; Kristine will be joined by guitarist David Robert Johnson and members of the Temple of Light Georgian Community Choir. 

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Mar
5
to May 27

Temple of Light Georgian Community Choir

Temple of Light Georgian Community Choir is an American volunteer mixed community vocal arts project and workshop series dedicated to the study and performance of traditional polyphonic music from the Republic of Georgia, the Caucasus, Black Sea, and Lazona.

The spring 2017 11-week session runs March 5th-May 29th, culminating in a show at the end May.  Rehearsals will take place Sunday evenings in the East Bay from 7:00-9:00 pm at Omni Commons.  Cost for the session is $160-$200 sliding scale.

Participation in the choir is by audition or invitation only.  Persons interested in auditioning should send raw a cappella audio (mp3) or video recordings (online links) of 1-2 vocal pieces showcasing the singer’s ability and range along with a brief description of their singing background.  Persons must be able to strongly maintain pitch, hold one’s part, learn material by ear, and take musical direction.  Previous experience singing Georgian music is not necessary.  All genders and ages welcome.

Please send audition materials to kikta@kitka.org with a note indicating your interest in the Temple of Light Georgian Community Choir.

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