2021: Mara! big band takes off!!
 
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 for the new group. Based on refugee and migrant experiences, with librettos by Marcia Malinova-Anthony and others to be announced, the work 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 massive textures, wild improvisations and riveting vocals.
 

Subsequently we received financial support from the Australia Council for the Arts to mount an initial tour of the new suite. This would take the group to venues in Sydney, Bathurst, Canberra, Springwood, Wollongong and the Wangaratta Jazz festival. The tour was initially slated for September and October 2020, but has been postponed until 2021, when hopefully venues will be able to comfortably present the act.

There will be much more news to follow about this new project!

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