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The Mara! band's touring in 2015 - a long way from home and back
Mara! has had a busy year, with 2 major international tours and several Australian performances. With our sister group Martenitsa Choir the band's most recent trip to Italy included collaborations with choirs in Soriano and Casperia to present Tra Parole e Silenzio, and a brilliant finale concert in Soriano nel Cimino which included arrangements of classical repertoire for the combined ensembles by maestro Alessio Pacchiarotti. Mara! finished the tour with 2 days in the UK at Sidmouth International Festival. This project was assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council,
its arts funding and advisory body.
Earlier in the year Mara! spent 2 weeks in Hong Kong for Premiere Performances and Musica Viva Australia, performing concerts, school performances and workshops.
We want to send a huge thank you to the 75 wonderful and generous supporters of our crowdfunding campaign "TPES to Italy 2015". Our donor list can be found here where you can also still make donations to our project fund.
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.
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" 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.
This month's featured video:
Sandansko Oro (Dance of Sandansk): Mara!
From Live at the Village Springwood: some serious saxophone playing, and the rhythm section rocks!
Check Paul Cutlan's brilliant new CD "Across the Top" - see news section below for further information
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