August 30: The Child BalladsIn keeping with their aim of featuring new Australian composition, the Live at the Village August 30th concert is the world premiere of "The Child Ballads", by Andrew Robson. Andrew brings to life English and Scottish folk songs, for which only the text has survived through the famous 19th century collection of Francis Child.
This all star ensemble featuring Mara Kiek (voice and drum), Steve Elphick (double bass) Llew Kiek (guitar and bouzouki), and Robson himself (saxophones) has a long history of playing together in the Mara! ensemble, melding folk music with contemporary jazz.
Andrew Robson, described as "one of Australia?s most vital saxophonists" by John Shand in the Sydney Morning Herald, is well known for his work with Australian jazz greats Mike Nock, James Morrison, Sandy Evans group, Paul Grabowsky sextet, the Australian Art Orchestra, to name but a few.
See events listing for full details, tickets etc.
September 14: Sezoni
Mara! and Martenitsa Choir present a tribute to our patron and librettist Stefan Kozuharov at Parramatta Riverside Theatres on Sunday September 14 at 3pm.
We're remounting our Real World Records release of "Sezoni" and 2 new works for the ensemble by Laura Bishop.
You can book through Riverside theatres, see our events listing for details.
Mara! and Martenitsa latest CD Tra Parole E Silenzio available from our web store now
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? CD available from our online store.
"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
Mara! Electronic Press Kit here
Listen: "Prima Della Sera" If "Prima Della Sera" does not start on our embedded media player ? OR To hear more?
This month's 2 featured videos:
Sitno Hodi Nedo: Trad Bulgarian arr by Llew and Mara Kiek
from Gondwana Voices at Angel Place Recital Hall, 2013
Mara! and Martenitsa: "Partii Ch'era Il Giorno di Natale" studio recording
Latest video featuring audio from Tra Parole CD! Try listening with a good set of headphones! The video features some stills and some live footage from Woodford Festival amphitheatre stage on Dec 31 2011.
Key photographers: Karen Steaines, Regis Lansac, Steve Turner, Jo Van der Meer and Tracey Schramm. Designers Michele Turcsanyi and Ibi Szentirmay. Webdesigner Bradley Major