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Kaia
Kaia is a vocal ensemble in Bloomington, Indiana performing world music, jazz, spirituals, and anything else that strikes our fancy.

We focus on liberating our music in order to connect with each other and with you! 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. 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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News
Kaia CD available in local stores. It's true! Pick up a copy of Freedom Land at Athena, Landlocked Music, Tracks, TD's CDs & LPs, and Howard's Bookstore. 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!

Wanted: Creative videographers. We would like to get creative, original videos to accompany tracks off our Freedom Land CD. This is a great portfolio opportunity. Contact us if you're interested or know someone who might be!

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 

Sunday, 17 August
Bryan Park Concert Series
6:30-8:00 pm
Free!
Presented by Bloomington Parks and Rec, and sponsored by Relish, this promises to be a fabulous evening of music! Enjoy a picnic while listening to a mix of music new and old!

18-21 September
21st Annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival
We are thrilled to announce that we are returning to the Lotus Festival, the second-largest world music festival in the U.S., as mainstage performers. We will also be giving a workshop on Saturday afternoon. Details TBA!

Saturday, 11 April 2015
Tenth anniversary concert!

7:30 pm
UU church
2220 N Fee Ln
Details TBA.

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

View past shows

A big shout-out to Rhino's for donating our rehearsal space. We love Rhino's! Check 'em out and show the love:

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