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Mara! at Foundry 616: Friday March 24 2017

After Mara's first show at 616 last September (see review below), we decided that we would love to do it again!

 

This time we'll be joined by our long time friend and colleague Ron Reeves as guest percussionist on darrabukka and kanjira.

 

Just to keep us on our toes, he's going to lead us in a medley of Moldvai dance tunes on the furulya, and keeping you on your toes ... or at least your feet ... will be Martenitsa's Jen Dornan, who'll be leading the dance.

From Sydney Morning Herald September 4 2016:

"....different sound-worlds kept opening up like fresh vistas on a maritime journey."

"Ultimately it is the collective imaginative responses to its influences that makes Mara! such a bright jewel in Australia's world-music crown."

Read the full review here

 

Andrew Robson's Child Ballads

A new CD featuring Andrew, Mara and Llew Kiek and Steve Elphick was released in December 2016 and launched at a SIMA concert at the Seymour Centre Sound Lounge.

Read the full live review here

 

Mara! Electronic Press Kit here

 

Mara! International touring 2015

Mara! performed 2 major international tours: to Italy with our sister group Martenitsa Choir and the UK in July/August, and to Hong Kong in May International tours 2015

 

 

Tra Parole E Silenzio Mara! and Martenitsa's latest CD

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"

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:

M'en Allant Sur la Lande

CrossRoads, from "De Partir...C'est Mon Plaisir" featuring Llew and Mara Kiek, Padrig Sicard, Yann Cariou, Steve Elphick and Bagad Cap Caval drummers

 

World Music Ensemble at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Llew Kiek will offer this course again in term 1 2017, commencing February. for full details and enrolment link

 

 

 

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