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Kaia 2018

Photography by Tall & Small
Back row: Licia Weber, Jenny Gibson, Jane Goodman, Amy Jackson
Front row: Cairril Adaire, Lara Lynn Weaver, Angela Berzins

"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."
-J.M., Kansas

A Spare Photo
Kaia Footwear Summer '05 by Jeanne Leimkuhler

Kaia Feet

About Kaia
Kaia was a Bloomington, Indiana-based vocal and percussion ensemble performing world music in over 25 languages in a wide range of vocal styles. Many of us have a long history of performing in other groups (indie bands, small ensembles, choral work, musical theatre, etc). Founded in October 2004, we performed in a wide variety of Bloomington-area venues. We also appeared twice as mainstage performers at the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, the U.S.'s second-largest world music festival.

We focused on bringing soul to our music to connect with each other and break the "performer/audience" barrier. We were very dynamic performers and we took you on a dizzying tour of world song as we delve into dance, religion, sex, death, politics, seasonal celebrations, and frisky porcupines! From haunting, lyrical ballads to bawdy drinking songs, we loved to explore the many textures of the musical world and all aspects of the human experience from the raucous to the sublime. We also had a lot of fun. Many, many thanks to our fans who supported us through 14 years of song and love!

Our Name
Pronunciation: Kaia rhymes with FLY-uh. In Greek it means "from the Earth" and in Hawaiian it means "the sea." We learned later it was an empire in Korea long ago plus it means "the body" in Bengali, Hindi and Sanskrit (who knew??) and "It's good/It's all right!" in Georgian. Contact us if you know another association or meaning!

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.
- S.W., Bloomington

Our Music
Learn more about the songs we sing

Our Merch
Buy a Kaia CD or merchandise

Want to Know More?
• Listen now to Artworks: Listen to an interview with Cairril and Amy featured on the May 8 2007 edition of Artworks, WFIU’s program of local artists. In an interview with Yaël Ksander, we dish the dirt on Kaia’s secret mission to change the world.

• 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!