MARA! BIG BAND: ZASHTO? [WORLD PREMIERE]

SATURDAY 4 SEPTEMBER; 4:00 PM | VENUE: THEATRE

The Mara! Big Band, a new 12-piece version of dual ARIA winning Mara! band premieres new work: Zashto? – setting poetry by Australian migrant and refugee poets to music, from five composers and band members, telling stories of displacement, hope, longing, despair and resignation, in search of a dream.

 

The Mara! Big Band project is the brainchild and long-held dream of Mara Kiek, to create a bigger version of her ground-breaking Mara! band, featuring the cream of Australia’s jazz and world music Illuminati.

 

With support from CreateNSW, Mara commissioned 5 composers to create an original suite of music for the new Mara! Big Band ensemble, setting poetry by Australian migrant and refugee poets, with stories of displacement, hope, longing, despair and resignation in search for a dream – a new life in the ‘lucky country’.

 

To the Mara! band’s all-star line-up – Sandy Evans, Paul Cutlan, Lloyd Swanton, Llew Kiek and Mara Kiek – are added Andrew Robson, James Greening, Sam Golding, Gary Daley, Tunji Beier and singers Silvia Entcheva and Jarnie Birmingham.

 

For over 3 decades the Mara! Quintet has evolved a new genre of contemporary Australian music, exploring the intersection between jazz and world music. Their creative work has been recognised with two ARIA awards and two final ARIA nominations, and has taken them across the globe on more than 30 international tours. They have performed at major music and arts festivals in 23 countries including WOMAD festivals in UK, Germany, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

 

“…Many tongues, one heart…you’ll be cheating yourself if you miss them…” – London Observer, 1991

 

“The Dom Perignon of Australia’s World Music Bands” – John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald”

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The Mara! Big Band, a new 12-piece version of dual ARIA winning Mara! band premieres new work: Zashto? – setting poetry by Australian migrant and refugee poets to music, from five composers and band members, telling stories of displacement, hope, longing, despair and resignation, in search of a dream.

 

The Mara! Big Band project is the brainchild and long-held dream of Mara Kiek, to create a bigger version of her ground-breaking Mara! band, featuring the cream of Australia’s jazz and world music Illuminati.

 

With support from CreateNSW, Mara commissioned 5 composers to create an original suite of music for the new Mara! Big Band ensemble, setting poetry by Australian migrant and refugee poets, with stories of displacement, hope, longing, despair and resignation in search for a dream – a new life in the ‘lucky country’.

 

To the Mara! band’s all-star line-up – Sandy Evans, Paul Cutlan, Lloyd Swanton, Llew Kiek and Mara Kiek – are added Andrew Robson, James Greening, Sam Golding, Gary Daley, Tunji Beier and singers Silvia Entcheva and Jarnie Birmingham.

 

For over 3 decades the Mara! Quintet has evolved a new genre of contemporary Australian music, exploring the intersection between jazz and world music. Their creative work has been recognised with two ARIA awards and two final ARIA nominations, and has taken them across the globe on more than 30 international tours. They have performed at major music and arts festivals in 23 countries including WOMAD festivals in UK, Germany, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

 

“…Many tongues, one heart…you’ll be cheating yourself if you miss them…” – London Observer, 1991

 

“The Dom Perignon of Australia’s World Music Bands” – John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald”

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The Mara! Big Band, a new 12-piece version of dual ARIA winning Mara! band premieres new work: Zashto? – setting poetry by Australian migrant and refugee poets to music, from five composers and band members, telling stories of displacement, hope, longing, despair and resignation, in search of a dream.

 

The Mara! Big Band project is the brainchild and long-held dream of Mara Kiek, to create a bigger version of her ground-breaking Mara! band, featuring the cream of Australia’s jazz and world music Illuminati.

 

With support from CreateNSW, Mara commissioned 5 composers to create an original suite of music for the new Mara! Big Band ensemble, setting poetry by Australian migrant and refugee poets, with stories of displacement, hope, longing, despair and resignation in search for a dream – a new life in the ‘lucky country’.

 

To the Mara! band’s all-star line-up – Sandy Evans, Paul Cutlan, Lloyd Swanton, Llew Kiek and Mara Kiek – are added Andrew Robson, James Greening, Sam Golding, Gary Daley, Tunji Beier and singers Silvia Entcheva and Jarnie Birmingham.

 

For over 3 decades the Mara! Quintet has evolved a new genre of contemporary Australian music, exploring the intersection between jazz and world music. Their creative work has been recognised with two ARIA awards and two final ARIA nominations, and has taken them across the globe on more than 30 international tours. They have performed at major music and arts festivals in 23 countries including WOMAD festivals in UK, Germany, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

 

“…Many tongues, one heart…you’ll be cheating yourself if you miss them…” – London Observer, 1991

 

“The Dom Perignon of Australia’s World Music Bands” – John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald”

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