October 13 2023
Mara! Big Band launched their new album ‘Zashto?’ on October 13, 2023 at the Great Club Marrickville.

It was a fabulous night at which the band played the entire album live.

 The Music…

60 incredible minutes of original music by the Mara! Big Band focusing on the migrant experience in Australia and the spectre of incarceration (physical and psychological) hovering over it in the past 235 years. Three women (Irish, Bulgarian & Iranian) speak to us from different times and different circumstances of the trauma that scarred them and we pose the question ‘Zashto?’ (‘Why?’ in Bulgarian language).

The Band…

This ‘dynamite’ 13-piece ensemble, sits between the Eastern European Gypsy brass band and jazz big band traditions. A line-up of Australian jazz and world music royalty… on woodwinds Sandy Evans, Paul Cutlan & Andrew Robson, on brass James Greening & Sam Golding, with a killer rhythm section in Lloyd Swanton, Llew Kiek, Gary Daley & Jess Ciampa and stunning vocals from Silvia Entcheva, Jenny Dornan, Jarnie Birmingham and Mara Kiek.

 “…some of the most exciting music you’re ever likely to hear.” SMH

“Fantastic concept, fantastic creations…wonderful performance”.

“Electric ! Just astounding!!”

Album now available through Spotify, Amazon and Apple Music

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