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Mara! perform for Jazz @ the Pav on International Women's Day March 8 2018

Mara! Ensemble will perform their first Sydney show for 2018 at Bondi Pavilion on Thursday 8 March as part of the Jazz @ the Pav Festival, in a special event to mark International Women's Day. Mara! have invited Loretta Palmeiro to join them for this concert on alto and soprano saxophones (filling in for Paul Cutlan). "Loretta has been touring with us in our Musica Viva In Schools program over the past 2 years and we are delighted to have her join us to perform some of our more challenging repertoire for Jazz @ the Pav". Mara! performances in Sydney are rare. Don't miss this special opportunity to hear them play live after an inspirational panel discussion about women in music, with Amanda Collinge (Producer, Australian Story, Q&A), Sandy Evans (OAM) and Lindy Morrison (OAM).



The Marais Project: 'Spinning Forth" produced by Llew Kiek, CD of the week ABC Classic FM

A new CD by the Marais Project "Spinning Forth" was CD of the week on ABC Classic FM in January. The album takes its name from a new work by Paul Cutlan, longtime Mara! band member, and the CD was produced by Llew. Two of the most-played tracks have been arrangements by Llew and Mara "The Cheshire Rounds" and "Streets of Forbes". One of many glowing reviews can be found here. Watch an interview with the composers and Jenny Eriksson, director of the Marais Project, below under "this month's featured video".

Mara! and Martenitsa recording new album

Recording at Megaphon Studios and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Mara! and Martenitsa have nearly completed the bed tracks for their next CD. The works include pieces by composers Llew and Mara Kiek, Paul Cutlan, Laura Bishop and Sandy Evans with librettists Silvia Entcheva, Marcia Maria-Anthony and Stephan Kozuharov.


World Music Ensemble at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Llew Kiek is running this course again in term 1 2018. Enrollments and enquiries are now open for next term. for more info on the course


Crossroads: work begins on new album

Mara and Llew worked with Padrig Sicard and Yann Cariou in Quimper and Concarneau in January 2017 on a new project for their group Crossroads. for more news






Mara! Electronic Press Kit here


Mara! International touring 2015

Mara! performed 2 major international tours: to Italy with our sister group Martenitsa Choir and the UK in July/August, and to Hong Kong in May International tours 2015



Tra Parole E Silenzio Mara! and Martenitsa's latest CD

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.


from Froots (UK) Dec 2012

"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."

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

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

Track 1: "Prima Della Sera"

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.


This month's featured videos:

The Marais Project CD "Spinning Forth"

Llew and Mara interviewed about their composition "Streets of Forbes" which features on this new release: CD of the week on ABC Classic FM January 2018

M'en Allant Sur la Lande

CrossRoads, from "De Partir...C'est Mon Plaisir" featuring Llew and Mara Kiek, Padrig Sicard, Yann Cariou, Steve Elphick and Bagad Cap Caval drummers





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