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The Mara! 35th Anniversary concert with Martenitsa Choir Sunday November 24 was a night to remember with Camelot Lounge packed to the rafters and the 20 plus musicians and singers on stage giving their all in a concert lasting nearly 3 hours (...and it could have gone on for another 3!).

It was a fine celebration of the Mara! Band's thirty five year history of carving a unique path through the Australian music scene.

The concert featured music from Mara!'s catalogue of original and traditional music, including works from their ground-breaking collaborative suites Sezoni and Tra Parole E Silenzio with the wonderful Martenitsa Choir.
There were also featured guest cameo appearances from the legendary Steve Elphick (double bass), Silvia Entcheva (voice) and Ivo Karamanliev (kaval).

Mara! and Martenitsa recording new album

Recording sessions at Forbes St Studios over the coming months, and previously at Megaphon Studios, Forbes St, and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Mara! and Martenitsa will complete the bed tracks for their exciting next CD.

This will be a CD devoted to showcasing a wealth of previously unrecorded works composed and commissioned especially for Martenitsa Choir and the Mara! band. Composers include Llew and Mara Kiek, Paul Cutlan, Laura Bishop and Sandy Evans in addition to Bulgaria's premier choral composer, the late Ivan Spasov. Librettists include Stephan Kozuharov, Marcia Malinova-Anthony, Silvia Entcheva and Mara Kiek.
Engineers Steve Morley, Chris Doherty and associate producer Guy Dickerson are also contributing their expertise.



Kim Sanders Book Launch

The much awaited launch of the magnificent new book containing scores, arrangements, biography and photos of the great World Music innovator Kim Sanders will be at Camelot Lounge on Sunday October 27. The book was put together by Kim's long-time partner Linda Dawson. Mara Kiek worked with her to produce scores of a wide variety of Kim's tunes and arrangements. The Camelot concert features many of the musicians that worked with Kim over his lifetime. For more info on the concert




World Music Ensemble at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Llew Kiek is running this course again in term 1 2020. Enquiries are now open. For more info on the course



Crossroads: work continues on new album

Mara and Llew, with Padrig Sicard from Quimper and Yann Cariou from Concarneau, continue to work on a new project for their group Crossroads. For more news





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:

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


Mara! Electronic Press Kit here




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