"The Dom Perignon of our World Music Bands" - Sydney Morning Herald

Over three decades, Mara! have developed a unique musical style which fuses world music with modern jazz expressionism, adding influences from rock to early music, while journeying through Anglo-Celtic, middle Eastern, Balkan and Mediterranean traditions. Mara!'s highly evocative original works are musical mirrors in which these flavours find their dazzling reflection.

Fronted by the remarkable and magnetic voice of Mara Kiek, Mara! have brought their virtuosic concert performances to audiences in 21 countries. Mara!'s collaborative performance projects include their legendary album of original music ‘Sezoni’ (Real World Records) with the 25 voice Bulgarian/Australian Choir “Martenitsa” producing a lush musical feast. In 2000 they performed a 10-night season of the aerial spectacular “Homeland” (featuring music from 'Sezoni') with death-defying acrobats “Legs on the Wall” for the Sydney Olympics – and again at the Berlin LiteraturWERKstat Festival in 2003. In 2005 the Mara! and Martenitsa ensemble toured 'Sezoni' to WOMAD Reading and the Koprivstitsa Festival in Bulgaria. In 2001 Mara! collaborated with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir in Brisbane to perform Mara Kiek’s magnificent “Neizvestnoto” . In 2004 Mara! and Martenitsa previewed and broadcast their new suite of original music in Italian “Tra Parole E Silenzio” at Fox Studios in Sydney, then in 2012 they released it on CD and presented it at WOMADelaide 2013. In 2015 the full Mara!/Martenitsa ensemble toured to Italy to present 'Tra Parole e Silenzio' to audiences in Rome, Viterbo and Bologna along with guest Italian choirs.

Mara!’s musicians are among the most highly regarded world and jazz players in Australia. Together in Mara! they create one of Australia’s most exciting, innovative and uplifting ensembles.

Mara! are regular performers at world music festivals around the globe. For WOMAD, for example, Mara! has performed at WOMADELAIDE (Aus) 92,97 and 2013, WOMAD Reading (UK) 97, 2000 and 2005, WOMAD Morecombe (UK) 94, WOMAD Auckland 99, WOMAD Singapore 99 and WOMAD Expo (Hannover) 2000.

Mara International touring history

Mara Australian touring history

Tra Parole E Silenzio

Homeland and Sezoni

CDs from Mara!

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