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Martenitsa 30th Anniversary Retrospective concert 2021


Martenitsa Choir's 30th Anniversary Retrospective concert at Riverside Theatre Parramatta at 7.30pm on Saturday 6th March, 2021. This historic event will celebrate Martenitsa's 3 decades of delighting Australian and international audiences with their signature sound that is inspired by and modelled on the captivating vocal quality of Bulgaria's traditional choirs.
Martenitsa 30th Anniversary Retrospective features an all-star line-up including the angelic voice of Bulgarian soloist Silvia Entcheva, formerly of the famous Bulgarian choir 'Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares', who has performed with Martenitsa for 22 of their 30 year history, plus the virtuosic playing of jazz royalty Sandy Evans, Paul Cutlan and Lloyd Swanton and world music icons Llew and Mara Kiek of the Mara! band.
Martenitsa will showcase gems picked from their earliest Bulgarian traditional repertoire composed by some of Bulgaria's finest composers, newer works composed especially for them by Australian composers and highlights from their two acclaimed original musical suites Sezoni and Tra Parole e Silenzio, composed by and performed with Mara!. The concert will be performed for a live audience and also livestreamed on Youtube.
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Mara! big band takes off in 2021

We are very proud to announce that a dream of ours - the Mara! big band - will become a reality in 2021. With financial assistance from Create NSW and the Australia Council for the Arts, a 12 piece ensemble, based on the Mara! lineup of Mara and Llew Kiek, Paul Cutlan, Sandy Evans and Lloyd Swanton will be expanded with our esteemed friends Andrew Robson (alto and baritone saxes), James Greening (trombone and pocket trumpet), Tunji Beier (percussion), Sam Golding (various brass), Gary Daley (accordion), and the voices of Silvia Entcheva (soprano) and Jarnie Birmingham (alto). You can expect some massive textures covering Anglo/Celtic, Balkan and Middle Eastern sonic worlds.

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Mara! and Martenitsa new album update

With recording sessions at Megaphon Studios, Unversal Forbes St, and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Mara! and Martenitsa's exciting next CD is currently being edited.

This will be a CD devoted to showcasing a wealth of previously unrecorded works composed and commissioned especially for Martenitsa Choir and the Mara! band.

Composers include Llew and Mara Kiek, Paul Cutlan, Laura Bishop and Sandy Evans in addition to Bulgaria's premier choral composer, the late Ivan Spasov. Librettists include Stephan Kozuharov, Marcia Malinova-Anthony, Silvia Entcheva and Mara Kiek.

Engineers Steve Morley, Chris Doherty and associate producer Guy Dickerson are also contributing their expertise.



Crossroads: work continues on new album

Mara and Llew, with Padrig Sicard from Quimper and Yann Cariou from Concarneau, aim to complete a new album for their group Crossroads next year. Planned to be released in 2020, the project won't be continued until international travel restrictions are eased, enabling Llew and Mara to travel to Britanny for furher recording. We hope this will be possible in mid 2021. For more news





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 videos:

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


Mara! Electronic Press Kit here




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