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Mara! and Martenitsa Choir tour to Europe: July and August 2015

Mara! just returned from their 2 week tour to Hong Kong. Next up the band travel with Martenitsa Choir to Italy for several summer festivals commencing July 26. The tour includes collaborations with choirs in Soriano, Viterbo and Rome to present Tra Parole e Silenzio, and Mara! will finish the tour with 2 days at Sidmouth International Festival in the UK on Aug 5 and 6. Concert dates here Lots more info here

The OzCrowd Campaign for the tour has now finished, but you can still contribute here

We want to send a huge thank you to our 75 wonderful and generous supporters who contributed a total of $7,635.

If you wanted to contribute to the tour, but didn't get in before the close of the OzCrowd campaign, you can still do so by clicking on the link above to see other ways in which you can help us with the project.


Mara! and Martenitsa Gala Concert Friday June 12 at Paddington Uniting Church was a wonderful night and a great success!

Mara! and Martenitsa presented Tra Parole E Silenzio at a Gala concert in one of our favourite Sydney venues in preparation for our tour to Italy next month. Thanks to all who came along!


Mara! and Martenitsa latest CD Tra Parole E Silenzio available from our web store

Tra Parole e Silenzio is a celebration of life's most precious and enduring treasures - love, home, family and friends, so exquisitely expressed in the poignantly tender poems of Eduardo Di Giovanni and stunningly interpreted by Mara! Band composers and performers Paul Cutlan, Andrew Robson, Steve Elphick, Llew Kiek, Mara Kiek and Sandy Evans, in collaboration with Silvia Entcheva, Naomi Vaughan and the magnificent Martenitsa choir. More about Tra Parole e Silenzio. CD available from our online store.


Listen to some of the music from Tra Parole E Silenzio:

Track 1: "Prima Della Sera" If "Prima Della Sera" does not start on our embedded media player ? OR To hear more?

Watch video featuring "Partii Ch'era Il Giorno di Natale" studio recording (from Tra Parole E Silenzio CD), featuring archival stills and live footage from Woodford Festival amphitheatre stage on Dec 31 2011.


"The Sydney Morning Herald once referred to Mara! as "the Dom Perignon of (Australia's) World Music Bands", it was perhaps a touch premature, but this collaboration between the group and their Bulgarian-style choir certainly meets that appellation...an unqualified success with its feeling of fresh adventure, sumptuous singing and depth of musical experience." Folk Roots (UK) Dec 2012

Read Tra Parole CD review in "The Australian" of April 14, 2012




This month's featured video:

Pastorale featuring Mara! and Martenitsa Choir

2004 live performance from Fox Studios, recorded by Paul Petran, broadcast for ABC Radio Music Deli. Video images by Regis Lansac


Key photographers: Karen Steaines, Regis Lansac, Steve Turner, Jo Van der Meer and Tracey Schramm. Designers Michele Turcsanyi and Ibi Szentirmay. Webdesigner Bradley Major