Mara! and Martenitsa recording new album
Recording at Megaphon Studios and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Mara! and Martenitsa have nearly completed the bed tracks for their next CD. The works include pieces by composers Llew and Mara Kiek, Paul Cutlan, Laura Bishop and Sandy Evans with librettists Silvia Entcheva, Marcia Maria-Anthony and Stephan Kozuharov.
Mara! at Foundry 616, March 2017
Mara! recently returned to the wonderful Foundry 616 club, for our second appearance there. Guest percussionist Ron Reeves joined us on stage on darabukka, kenjira and the Hungarian wooden flute "firulya". Jen Dornan led some Hungarian dances in Ron's firulya set!
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 3 2017, commencing July. In Term 1, we had 9 attendees, and produced some truly wonderful music together!
for full details and enrolment link
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