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Mara! Big Band

Fri 14 Oct

A kaleidoscope of musical colours between jazz and world music.

The Mara! Big Band is a 12-piece ensemble that straddles the Eastern European gypsy brass band and jazz big band traditions. It is a kaleidoscope of musical colours including brass, piano accordion, percussion and voice.

The new work is called Zashto? meaning “Why?” in Bulgarian. Exploring the experience of migration to Australia through music and featuring poetry by migrants and refugees. Sharing stories of displacement, hope, longing, despair and resignation in their journey towards a new life in Australia.

The Mara! Big Band features some of the greatest names in Australian jazz and world music.

The Mara! Big Band Project is supported by Create NSW & The Australia Council For the Arts. 


Mara Kiek Voice & Percussion
Llew Kiek Bouzouki, Bağlama, Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Sandy Evans Soprano & Tenor Saxophones
Paul Cutlan Clarinets & Saxophones
Lloyd Swanton Double Bass
Andrew Robson Alto & Baritone Saxophones
Sam Golding Trumpet & Sousaphone
James Greening Pocket Trumpet & Trombone
Gary Daley Piano Accordion
Jess Ciampa Drums & Percussion
Jenny Dornan Voice (soprano)
Jarnie Birmingham Voice (alto)

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