2022: Mara! big band takes off!!
The Mara! Big Band dream was finally made possible through an initial invitation to perform from the Live At the Village Organisation in Springwood and the generous support of CreateNSW and the Australia Council for the Arts.
 
Early in 2020, we received funding from Create NSW to commission the Mara! composers Evans, Gorman, Robson, Cutlan, Kiek and Kiek to create a new suite of music, 'Zashto?' for the new group.

'Zashto?' (meaning 'Why?' in Bulgarian language) is a series of musical snapshots of refugee and migrant experience in Australia, with librettos by Marcia Malinova-Anthony, Maryam Rad and Mara Kiek. The work explores the fact that deprivation of liberty (physical and psychological) has been a spectre hovering over many migration experiences throughout our social and political history and poses the question ... “Zashto?”

 The Mara! Big band expands the Mara! quintet's world/jazz sound with elements of a Gypsy brass band and Balkan wedding band supporting an amazing vocal trio, covering Anglo/Celtic, Balkan and Middle Eastern sonic worlds. Expect some intricate textures, wild improvisations and riveting vocals.
 
We were extremely fortunate to receive financial support from the Australia Council for the Arts to mount an initial tour of the new suite, which will take the group to venues in Parramatta, Wollongong, Bathurst, Canberra and Springwood.
 
The tour was initially slated for September and October 2020, but has been rescheduled twice in two years because of COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns, and now commences in March 2022.
 
 

Tour Dates 2022:

Wednesday March 2 - 'Zashto?' World Premiere Parramatta Riverside Theatre, co-presented by Riverside Theatres, Mara Music and SIMA as part of SIMA Jazz Now Summer 22 festival  7:30 pm
 
 
 
Friday March 18 - Wollongong Town Hall, co-presented by The Music Lounge & Wollongong Conservatorium of Music 8pm
 
Saturday March 19 - Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre 8pm
 
NB. Tickets for BMEC members go on sale 17 December 2021
      Tickets for General Public go on sale 28 January 2022 
 
 
Sunday March 20 - Canberra Street Theatre 7pm
 
 
Saturday August 27 – Live at the Village Music Festival, Blue Mountains Theatre, Springwood 4pm

Tickets go on sale 1 March 2022 

 

The band:
Sandy Evans (saxes)
Paul Cutlan (clarinets, saxes)
Andrew Robson (alto and baritone saxes)
Sam Golding (flute, bari sax, trumpet, tuba)
James Greening (pocket trumpet, trombone, tuba)
Lloyd Swanton (double bass)
Llew Kiek (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, ba─člama)
Gary Daley (piano accordion)
Jess Ciampa (drums and percussion) 
Mara Kiek (mezzo, tapan, percussion)
Silvia Entcheva (soprano)
Jarnie Birmingham (alto)
 
Everyone sings!!!! 

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