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Kaia is a vocal and percussion ensemble in Bloomington, Indiana performing world music in over 25 languages and a wide variety of vocal styles.

We focus on liberating our music in order to connect with each other and with you! We are very dynamic performers and take you on a dizzying tour of world song as we delve into dance, religion, sex, death, politics, seasonal celebrations, and frisky porcupines! From haunting Finnish folksongs to African-American gospel to the music of raucous peasants, we love to explore the many textures of the musical world and the full range of human experience. Our dynamic performance style engages the imagination as we take you on a tour of the world from the raucous to the sublime. We'd love for you to come to our next show—it's too much fun to miss!

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“As if hired to educate primary candidates on foreign policy, there is no corner of the world this band of adopted sisters won't exalt with music. Through body and voice alone, their songs soar in and out of African American spirituals, Eastern European ballads, Hindi chants, and any other song that ever got stuck in the heads of our immigrant ancestors.”
-Ryan Dawes, The Ryder

“The all-female a cappella group, Kaia, wasted no time placing the audience in the palm of their hands...It all added up to a highly entertaining set.”
-Dan Denny, The Herald-Times

“Kaia’s repeated lyric [So Glad I’m Here] served as a mantra for the bands and audiences attending the three-day Lotus World Music and Arts Festival.”
-The Indiana Daily Student

Kaia performances “emanate to the listener that the audience belongs to, and shares in, the group’s collective joy and creativity. Their voices make the air seem as though it is glowing and while the listener travels to and from foreign countries (through song), they’re invited to share in a universal sense of belonging in the world that everyone desires. They select their repertoire to cover a whole spectrum of meaningful music with sensitivity – and good humor too!”
-Sophia Travis, musician extraordinaire

I was completely blown away by the high level of professionalism and performance. I really think they were on par with any traveling Lotus act I have ever seen. They work incredibly hard and it’s just here in our own back yard! Check it out!
-Kid Kazooey, unstoppable music sensation

“Singing a plethora of unique, stylized, and off-the-beaten-path tunes often rooted in omni-culture folklore and spirituality.”
-The Ryder

“Those worldly, yet still local, a cappella sensations”
-The Bloomington Alternative

Having Kaia practice during our reception was an amazing, uplifting, and I would even say, angelic, addition to our happenings. Your beautiful voices coming from the second floor sent chills through me and created such a positive and energetic atmosphere for everyone who encountered your voices. The sun streaming in through the windows, and time and time again, I witnessed this series of events...a person would walk through the doors, hear your voices, pause for a moment, look around in wonderment, eyes lift to the ceiling, develop a huge smile, grab a cookie from us, check out the gallery/look at displays/chat with us/etc., continue smiling. So a very deep thanks for not only adding to the atmosphere of the United Way reception, but also lifting the spirits of everyone who had the pleasure of hearing your loveliness.
-Jenn Hottell

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Grinnin' In Your Face. See more Kaia videos!

Donate to our CD fund and get great stuff in return! We are starting on our new CD but need your help in bringing fantastic world music to the masses! Check out our GoFundMe campaign to learn how you can sponsor a song or even get a house concert! Thank you so much for your support!

Kaia CDs available in local stores. Pick up a copy of Get Down Rise Up! and Freedom Land at Landlocked Music, Tracks, and TD's CDs & LPs. Support local music and local businesses!

We're global! You can now download individual tracks or whole albums as mp3s from Amazon and iTunes. Just enter the name of the CD in Amazon's or iTunes' search box to gain access to entire albums and downloadable tracks! If you'd like us to make literally 10 times more money while keeping your price the same, buy via the CDBaby interface here!

Go deep with Kaia! Listen to this Artworks interview with Amy and Cairril as they discuss authenticity, mashups, and the relevance of current events to Kaia's work.

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Upcoming Shows
Stay up-to-date on Kaia's shows by joining the Kaia Gigs e-mail list! Just send an e-mail to the list. When you confirm your membership, you'll automatically receive advance news of Kaia shows right to your Inbox!

Contact us to book a gig—Now booking through May! 

Private house party
Yes, we will come to your house and do a full-length private show! This one was part of a show/catering package to benefit the Project School. We love these gigs because they allow us to get up close and personal with the audience. Contact us to schedule your party today!

April 15
Players Pub
$5 cover
Please join us for a full-length show at the Pub! It's a great atmosphere with good food and a bar to keep you comfy. There is a family-friendly back room where you can play pool while listening to the tunes. Please join us!

May 6
"Moving On," Kaia CD Release Concert
Congregation Beth Shalom
Doors open 6:30pm
$10 suggested donation; advance tickets at bctboxoffice; cash or check at the door
We're excited to release our latest CD, Messin' Around, with all our newest music on it! Also, this is your last chance to see this iteration of Kaia: six of the seven Kaiasistahs are "moving on" to family, personal, and professional commitments. So please come out and say farewell to this amazing group of powerful artists and join us as we celebrate our fabulous CD!
SPECIAL CD OFFER! Messin' Around is $10, less expensive than you can find it anywhere else, and our two older CDs will be only $5 apiece! This is a great chance to stock up on the best Kaia music for you and your loved ones! Cash, check, or charge.

More gigs TBA—sign up for our Gigs List to get the latest!

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