Katina Mitchell and Ines Thomé met in the Thornton Baroque Sinfonia early music ensemble at the University of Southern California. They connected immediately over mutual interests in languages and music. "Gifts from Over Sea" is the title of a folk song about two sisters sending and receiving gifts across the sea. Katina and Ines are originally from two different continents and their transatlantic repertoire draws on traditions from their roots in Europe and the United States. Their original arrangements of folk songs for guitar, harp and voice have been among their most popular pieces, and their musical interests range from art music of the 20th century to beloved classical art songs to early music for lute and voice.
The duo has performed across the Los Angeles area and also toured to Europe to perform chamber music in medieval castles and churches. Gifts From Over Sea has been awarded a Gluck Fellowship and served as the Resident Chamber Ensemble at the Thornton School of Music as winner of the university-wide chamber music competition. Dedicated to outreach and community engagement, the duo has given performances at LA County's Central Juvenile Hall, several hospitals and homeless shelters, two service centers for the blind, and the Salvation Army.