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Kaia was a vocal and percussion ensemble in Bloomington, Indiana performing world music in over 25 languages and a wide variety of vocal styles from 2004-2018.

Our focus was on liberating our music in order to connect with each other and with you! We were very dynamic performers and took you on a dizzying tour of world song as we delved 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 loved to explore the many textures of the musical world and the full range of human experience. Our dynamic performance style engaged the imagination as we took you on a tour of the world from the raucous to the sublime. Please pick up a CD to experience the goodness!

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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

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Grinnin' In Your Face. See more Kaia videos!

Grab our last CD! Our last release, Messin' Around, is available in the Kaia store and for digital download. It was our most ambitious album yet with our trademark mix of music from the raucous to the sublime! Get it now!

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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•  Kaia music lives on! Cairril Adaire, founder of Kaia, has formed a new group, Pandora's Box, to continue Kaia's focus on world music from the raucous to the sublime. The music mix is a little different, with more focus on jazz and originals, but it's still that heady mix of music from around the world. Check us out!

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“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