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Our Musical Influences
Jenny: Jennifer Holliday, Chris Cornell, Selena, Rob Zombie, Tupac Shakur, Tego Calderon
Lara: Sweet Honey in the Rock, Zap Mama, Johnny Cash, Mel Torme, Keely Smith, Linda Tillery
Licia: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Joni Mitchell; The Beatles; Sting; Peter Gabriel, Judy Collins
"I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the Kaia performance. The beautiful singing, the many languages and cultures represented, the fine harmonies and imaginative percussion—it was all absolutely delightful. I can't imagine that I could have seen any other performance at Lotus that I would have enjoyed more."
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Be ready to sing an a cappella piece of any genre that shows your range. You'll sing your solo and Cairril will teach you a simple round. She may have you do some scales so she can get a sense of your range. Then you will sing a call-and-response song about a prostitute. It's true.
If you are a percussionist, please come prepared with three instruments, such as cajon, dumbek, body percussion, afuche, etc. You will demonstrate some solo work and then you and Cairril will improvise.
Kaia auditions are about fit, not vocal prowess. We have a particular type of voice in mind and are looking for people with that sound. You may be a fabulous singer and still not be the right fit for Kaia. It's no reflection on your abilities. So we do encourage you to come out and take a chance—our auditions are fun! We are looking for up to six vocalists and two percussionists. If you're both a vocalist and percussionist—woo-hoo!
If you plan to audition, talk to Cairril about an audition time (though walk-ins are welcome), complete and bring the audition form, and please please please spend a little time on our website. Read about us, listen to some clips or watch videos, listen to our radio interviews, and read up on our repertoire. Find out if we're the right fit for you. We can't wait to hear you—sing on!
The concert on Friday was FABULOUS! I’m proud to say I’ve been to all of them and each one has left me with hope and a fire in my heart.
How We Work
WE ARE NOT A CHORUS.
We're a fun, tight-knit, creative group of strong women always looking to develop our sound and expand our horizons. We are strong enough individually to hold down a part alone or to spot a creative opening in the middle of an improv. We carry our own weight. We make decisions through consensus wherever possible and celebrate the gift each voice brings to the ensemble. We strike a balance between classical training methods and more intuitive, spontaneous approaches. More than anything, we listen to each other and work to build a fun, creative, top-notch music environment.
Want to Know More?
• Listen to another Artworks interview with Amy and Cairril as we discuss authenticity, mashups, and the relevance of current events to Kaia's work.
• Check out our music to learn a little of the gorgeous diversity of life we get to explore. You can hear samples and even check out some full-length videos!
• Buy a CD! C'mon, you know you want to!