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Mara! Big Band Album Launch – Zashto?

13 October 2023 @ 7:30 pm

female conductor in gold jacket reaching her hand out. List of musicians. Mara! Big Band Sazhto? Album launch
“Electric ! Just astounding!!”

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.

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).
Then kick back for a set of Mara! Band favourites reimagined for the Big Band!!


13 October 2023
7:30 pm




The Great Club
160 Livingston Road
Marrickville, NSW 2204 Australia
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(02) 7910 8542
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