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Mara! and Martenitsa Choir tour to Europe: July and August 2015

Mara! and Martenitsa Choir have returned from Italy following their July/August tour. The performances included collaborations with choirs in Soriano and Casperia to present Tra Parole e Silenzio, and a brilliant finale Concert in Soriano nel Cimino. Mara! finished the tour with 2 days at Sidmouth International Festival in the UK on Aug 5 and 6. Concert dates and lots more info about the tour in our news section.

The OzCrowd Campaign for the tour has now finished, but you can still contribute to our project here

We want to send a huge thank you to our 75 wonderful and generous supporters who contributed a total of $7,635.


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.


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.


"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




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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